Notwithstanding the difficulty hitherto experienced in passing the Lunacy Bill, which last Session reached the House of Commons, there appears to be legitimate ground for prognosticating its passage into law during the present Session. The strong objection entertained by the Parliamentary Committee of the Association to some of its clauses, while fully recognizing the utility of others, remains unabated. As is well-known, the Committee have again and again urged their objections to the Bill, and their reasons have been stated as incisively as possible. The last opportunity afforded by the Government for the expression of the views entertained by the Association occurred at the time of the deputation to Sir Edward Clarke, the Solicitor-General, who at that time had charge of the Bill in the House of Commons. The marked attention with which he listened to the remarks make by the members of the deputation, and the clear grasp which he evidently had of the subject, favoured the hope that considerable modifications would be introduced into the Bill in the Lower House.
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