HC Deb 14 November 1939 vol 353 cc606-7

Lords Amendment: In page 15, line 29, leave out paragraph I and insert: 1.—(1) The Lord Chancellor shall appoint a person, who shall be a member of the legal profession, as referee to hear and determine all appeals against orders made under Section five or six of this Act, or against orders varying such orders. (2) The person so appointed shall be appointed for a specified period, subject to such conditions with respect to the vacation of his office as may be imposed before the time of his appointment, and on ceasing to hold his office shall be eligible for reappointment thereto. (3) In the case of illness, incapacity or absence, of the referee, the Lord Chancellor may appoint some other person to act as deputy for the referee, and a person so appointed shall when so acting have all the functions of the referee.

5.10 p.m.

The Solicitor-General

These are necessary Amendments to which I referred in relation to the first Amendment on the Order Paper and are consequent on the decision to appoint one referee. As permanent referees are to be appointed rather than ad hoc referees for each case, this Amendment is necessary to cover the terms of their appointment.

Question put, and agreed to.

Lords Amendment: In page 17, line 1, leave out "a" and insert "the."

Mr. Deputy-Speaker (Sir Dennis Herbert)

This Amendment raises a question of Privilege.

The Solicitor-General

I beg to move, "That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment."

This Amendment is consequential.

Question put, and agreed to.—[Special entry.]