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Rivers (Prevention Of Pollution) (Scotland) (No 2) Bill

Volume 486: debated on Monday 9 April 1951

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Order for Second Reading read.

Bill referred to the Scottish Standing Committee.—[ Mr. McNeil.]

On a point of order. There was so much noise that we could not hear what was happening. Am I to understand that we have now committed the Bill?

This is not a debatable Motion. As a matter of fact it is either aye or no.

We could not hear what had happened. I assume that we resolved that the Rivers (Prevention of Pollution) (Scotland) (No. 2) Bill be committed. May I ask the Leader of the House, on Business—

No question can be raised. The Bill has been committed to the Scottish Standing Committee and there it goes. We cannot debate it until it comes back.

So I understand. I am merely asking, and I hope I may be permitted to ask, that the Leader of the House will consider—

The hon. Member cannot ask a question about a Bill which is not before the House. It is now before the Standing Committee and one must wait until it comes back. The Leader of the House has no more control over it than the man in the moon.

As a matter of courtesy, may one be allowed to ask the Secretary of State if he could possibly allow the Second Reading of this Bill to be postponed until such time as the Scottish local authorities have had an opportunity of considering its effect?

That is surely a matter for the Committee. It has not been read a Second time here and I gather it will be considered in principle in the Committee.