§ Considered in Committee under Standing Order No. 84 (Money Committees). — (King's Recommendation signified.)
§ [Major MILNER in the Chair]
Motion made, and Question proposed,
That, for the purposes of any Act of the present Session to make legal aid and advice in England and Wales, and in the case of members of the forces legal advice elsewhere, more readily available for persons of small or moderate means, to enable the cost of legal aid or advice for such persons to be defrayed wholly or partly out of moneys provided by Parliament, and for purposes connected therewith, it is expedient to authorise—
§ Mr. Royle (Salford, West)
I apologise to the Committee for rising at this time, but I want to express my concern about a matter which has been dealt with several times today during the Second Reading Debate on the Bill, and one to which my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State referred in his reply. I want to draw the attention of the Committee—
§ The Chairman
I am afraid the hon. Gentleman is not entitled to repeat arguments on the Money Resolution which have been advanced on Second Reading.
§ Lieut.-Colonel Lipton (Brixton)
I want to register my protest against the 1329 Financial Resolution on the ground that it will deprive hon. Members of this Committee of any opportunity of putting forward any Amendments on the Committee stage relating to the assessment or fixation of capital or income in the Bill as it stands.
§ Mr. Royle
On a point of Order. I was trying to develop my case, and those were only my opening sentences. I want to support what my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Brixton (Lieut.-Colonel Lipton) has just said. In my estimation, the provisions stated in the Money Resolution, from paragraph A (i) onwards are insufficient. I feel that when this Bill goes upstairs to Committee there ought to be full opportunity for discussing details of this kind in the way that only the Committee upstairs can deal with them. In the past we have had the experience of desiring to raise an Amendment during the Committee stage upstairs and of the Amendment being ruled out of Order because it did not come within the scope of the Money Resolution. I am expressing the hope that, even at this stage, my right hon. and learned Friend the Attorney-General might see his way to do something by way of compromise, or even to defer the matter so that the Committee upstairs might have an opportunity of discussing this very important point.
§ Resolution to be reported To-morrow.