There is an Amendment to this Clause on the Order Paper in the name of the hon. Member for Leigh (Mr. Tinker), but it is out of order.
§ Motion made, and Question proposed, "That the Clause stand part of the Bill."
Perhaps I had better call the attention of the hon. Member to the rule with regard to Consolidation Bills. Just as he cannot move an Amendment which would make an alteration in the law, so he cannot discuss any alteration in the law on the question of the Clause standing part.
§ Mr. KELLY
You have just been conducting another Bill through Committee, Sir Dennis, putting the Clauses not one by one, but 20 at a time. Is it the rule that on a Consolidation Bill we may not even take exception to the way in which a Clause is framed or to it standing part? If that is the position, then I cannot see the use of reading out the Clauses.
Yes, the hon. Member could discuss the Clause or move Amendments if they were in order, but a Consolidation Bill cannot alter the law, and it has been the practice of the House in considering such a Bill in Committee to take the Clauses in blocks. If any hon. Member desires to raise any point on a particular Clause he can do so, and if it is in order he can discuss it. I may add, for the information of the hon. Member, that Amendments have been made in Consolidation Bills as the outcome of mistakes in the attempted consolidation.
§ Clauses 9 to 24 ordered to stand part of the Bill.