On Thursday in each week the Leader of the House of Commons announces the business which will be taken during the following week. During the past two months he has been repeatedly asked by members of the Opposition when it is proposed to have a second reading debate on the Food and Drugs Amendment Bill. Evasive answers have been given, but on July 8th Captain Crookshank intimated that the Government hoped that the second reading would take place before the summer recess, but not during the week ending on July 17th. As the Committee stage must be expected to be fairly protracted, too much hope should not be entertained that the Bill will pass through all its stages this session, as there are still other important matters requiring Parliamentary time.
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