Order for Second Reading read.
On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. We are near the end of the day, but there has been no sign of the Secretary of State for the Environment. Have you any news about whether he will make a statement on yesterday's elections——
Order. I have received no such request. The hon. Gentleman knows that the presence of a Minister is not a matter for me.
I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time.This is a modest measure, with a modest amount of time for me to explain it to the House.
It being half-past Two o'clock, the debate stood adjourned.
Debate to be resumed upon Friday next.