HC Deb 31 October 1947 vol 443 cc1269-70
Mr. Glenvil Hall

I beg to move, in page 1, line 10, to leave out "those" and to insert "that."

As the Committee will remember, we have now only one Schedule in Part III, and, therefore, the word "that" instead of the word "those" is the appropriate wording.

Amendment agreed to.

Preamble, as amended, agreed to.

Bill reported with Amendments; as amended, considered.

Motion made, and Question proposed, "That the Bill be now read the Third time."—[Mr. Glenvil Hall.]

Mr. Peake (Leeds, North)

I rise on the Third Reading of the Bill only to say that while we have not raised any points upon the inclusion of these various Measures in the Schedule, we note with satisfaction that Ministers have turned up in force to defend this procedure, even though it has often been criticised from the Socialist benches in days gone by when they formed the Opposition. I should like to repeat that we note with satisfaction the presence of so many Ministers, many of them new to their offices, to defend the various Measures in the Schedule. They have, no doubt, been well briefed, and I note that they are well supported by official experts, Who would have kept them on the straight and narrow path had they attempted to deviate from it. I only hope that they have not had sleepless nights in the preparation and study of their briefs, and that, in consequence of our not having points to make upon the Schedule, they will not suffer from that form of mental indigestion which so often follows an undelivered speech. I should like sincerely to congratulate them, many of whom, if I may say so, are hon. Friends of mine, on the offices to which they have been appointed.

Question put, and agreed to.

Bill read the Third time, and passed.