Mr. FIELDING moved for leave to introduce Bill (No. 181) to amend the Bank Act. He said : The purpose of this Bill has already been mentioned to the House. By our present Bank Act the number of the directors of a bank is limited to be not less than live nor more than ten. With the growth of our banking institutions, as respects both the amount of their capital and the wider held which they are constantly occupying, the limitation of ten directors has been found inconvenient, and already a Bill has been introduced into the other branch of parliament for the purpose of allowing one of the banks to enlarge the number of its directors and also to appoint an honorary president. We think it desirable that our banking legislation should, as far as possible, be general ; and, as the object of the Bill is one to which no reasonable objection could be had. we prefer to deal with it by a general Bill. We therefore propose in this amendment to strike out the limit of not more than ten, leaving the bank free to have, not less than five, but otherwise as many directors as time and experience may show to be necessary. We tind that both in England and the United States many banks have very large boards of directors. As a number of our banks are increasing their capital and enlarging the field of their operations, we propose to make this amendment in a general Bill rather than to make special provisions applicable to the varying conditions of different banks.