HC Deb 19 December 1946 vol 431 cc2218-9
The Solicitor-General

I beg to move, in page 7, line 39, to leave out from "act," to "to" in line 41, and to insert "with intent."

This is an exactly analagous Amendment to that with which we have just dealt and has precisely the same effect. I was very encouraged by what fell from the lips of the right hon. Gentleman opposite, with regard to the preceding Amendment, but I am left in a dilemma by what was said by the hon. Member for Torquay (Mr. Williams) since the words which he describes as imbecile, were taken from Finance Acts passed by Conservative Governments. I am not certain, therefore, whether I should thank them for those Acts, or for this Amendment, but I thank them for both.

Mr. C. Williams

I regret to have to take up the time of the House, but in view of what the hon. and learned Gentleman has just said I should like to point out that I have never had any responsibility for the framing of any Act. Otherwise, although the word "calculated" might have occurred, I doubt very much whether the rest of the sentence would have been there. We have now done something to bring clarity to a Clause which a had no time to discuss in the Committee stage. As far as this Amendment is concerned, it is worth noting, in view of the way we rushed through the Committee stage, that even the Government have been able to find a Clause which needs amendment. I think it is amazing that they have been able to find something wrong in their own Bill. It just shows how necessary it is to go through every Bill, Clause by Clause, and line by line.

Amendment agreed to