HC Deb 30 December 1912 vol 46 c119

After Clause 42, to insert the following Clause:—

The powers conferred in the sixteenth Section of the Act passed by the Irish Parliament in the Session held in the twenty-first and twenty-second years of the reign of George the Third, chapter eleven, intituled "An Act for the better securing the liberty of the subject," shall not be exercised, and that Section is hereby repealed.


I beg to move, "That the Clause be read a second time." I move this Clause in compliance with a promise I gave in the Committee stage upon an Amendment moved by the hon, and learned Member for York (Mr. Butcher). We had then a discussion upon the matter, and it was stated that there was a Clause of this kind in the 1893 Bill. We thought it unnecessary to have it in this Bill. I certainly agree with the observations which were made: that the provision of the 16th Section of the Act passed by the Irish Parliament in the reign of George III. was really obsolete, and never would be exercised. But as some Members had an apprehension upon the matter and desired that there should be a Clause inserted in this Bill repealing that provision, that is what is done by this Clause.


I only desire to say that I am much obliged to the Government for having carried out the pledge given in the Committee stage. I think the Amendment entirely meets the case.

Question, "That the Clause be read a second time," put, and agreed to. Clause added to the Bill.