30 MAY 1925, Page 2

The Duke of Atholl and Lord Cecil supported the Bill,

but Lord Salisbury and Lord Birkenhead opposed it. Lord Birkenhead said that women who were peeresses in their own right had been granted special privileges only in order to continue the names of distinguished men and there was no reason for inconsequently adding a new privilege to the old one. We are sorry that the Bill was lost though it did not cover a great deal of ground.. The signs are, that the claim of women cannot be resisted much longer. In a reformed House of Lords the principle of nomination will have to be introduced —not any elective principle we earnestly hope—and then the representation of women in the Upper House will have to be scientifically provided for. * * *