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Qualification Of Women (County And Town Councils) (Scotland) Bill Lords

Volume 180: debated on Friday 16 August 1907

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Considered in Committee.

(In the Committee.)

[Mr. EMMOTT (Oldham) in the Chair.]

made an Amendment which he said would restore the Bill to the form in which it was originally presented in another place, enabling women to be elected to the chairmanship of county councils and to be provosts of burghs if the people elected them to fill these positions, and subject to the necessary safeguards. Amendment proposed—

"In page 1, line 13, after the word 'appeal,' to insert the words 'or (b) if elected as chairman of a county council or provost of a burgh, by virtue of holding or having held that office be a justice of the peace or burgh magistrate, or be eligible for election, or for acting, as a burgh magistrate, or as a judge in any police court; provided that where a woman is elected as provost of a burgh the number of bailies to be elected in the burgh shall while she holds office as provost be one more than the number otherwise fixed by law, and any additional bailie so elected shall hold office for the period prescribed by the law regulating the office of burgh magistrate or bailie, subject to the provision that he shall in no case continue to hold office after the woman has ceased to hold office as provost."—(Mr. J. IK White.)

Question, "That those words be there inserted," put, and agreed to.

Bill reported; as amended, to be considered upon Monday next.