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Orders of the Day — GUARDIANSHIP, & c., OF INFANTS BILL.

– in the House of Commons on 26th May 1922.

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Order for Second Reading read.

Photo of Sir Robert Newman Sir Robert Newman , Exeter

I beg to move, "That the Bill be now read a Second time."

I understand there is an arrangement made between His Majesty's Government and another place to deal with this matter by means of a Joint Committee, or something of that sort. That is all I have risen to say.

Photo of Mr John Cairns Mr John Cairns , Morpeth

I beg to second the Motion.

Photo of Mr John Baird Mr John Baird , Rugby

This Bill covers an extremely difficult series of legal questions, and the Government has taken it into very careful consideration, in conjunction with the promoters of the Bill. A similar Bill has been introduced into another place, and we feel that the only satisfactory way of dealing with so complicated a matter, having possibly far-reaching effects, would be to have it examined by a Committee of both Houses. A message is on its way from another place asking this House to adopt that view. We would recommend that course to the House, and, in view of that, I hope my hon. Friend will withdraw his Motion.

Photo of Mr James Hope Mr James Hope , Sheffield Central

Perhaps the most convenient course would be to move the Adjournment of the Debate.

Motion made, and Question, "That the Debate be now adjourned," put, and agreed to.—[Sir F. Banbury.]

Debate to be resumed upon Monday next.