§ The Joint Under-Secretary of State for Scotland (Mr. Thomas Fraser)
I beg to move, in page 67, line 30, to leave out "division," and to insert "area."
This is a drafting Amendment. It provides that in the Bill, as it applies to Scotland, the expression "electoral area" will have the same meaning as in the Local Government (Scotland) Act, 1947.
§ Amendment agreed to.
§ Further Amendment made: In line 36, leave out "such," and insert "electoral."—[Mr. T. Fraser.]
§ Mr. T. Fraser
I beg to move in page 67, line 36, at the end, to add:(4) Any reference to the report of an election court shall in relation to an election court under the Elections (Scotland) (Corrupt and Illegal Practices) Act, 18w, be construed as a reference to a finding of the court and the expression 'reported of a corrupt or illegal practice,' shall be construed accordingly.This is a drafting Amendment inasmuch as it was necessary to add these words to apply certain provisions of the Bill to Scotland; for example, Subsection (5) of Clause 49, and Subsection (1) of Clause 50.
§ Amendment agreed to.1900
§ Motion made, and Question proposed, "That the Clause, as amended, stand part of the Bill."
§ Mr. Maclay (Montrose Burghs)
The Under-Secretary of State for Scotland has made three admirable short speeches, but the fact that he is sitting surrounded by a large amount of paper cannot fail to make one feel that one ought to question him a little more closely on this Clause. Is there anything further he could say by way of explanation, with the assistance of the remarkable volume of paper beside him?
§ Mr. Fraser
I can assure the hon. Gentleman that these papers have no connection with the Amendments which I have moved.
§ Question put, and agreed to.
§ Clause, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.