HC Deb 04 July 1951 vol 489 cc2403-4

Order for Second Reading read.

7.35 p.m.

The Attorney-General (Sir Frank Soskice)

I beg to move, "That the Bill be now read a Second time."

This is purely a consolidation Measure which does not in any way change the existing law.

Lieut.-Colonel Elliot (Glasgow, Kelvingrove)

We accept the assurance of the Attorney-General, which he gives in his capacity as the legal adviser to the House as a whole, that there is no change in the law and that this is merely a consolidation Measure. That we are very willing to accept.

Mr. Linstead (Putney)

Having had to live and work with these Acts over 20 years, I am glad that they have been consolidated. May I say how grateful some people will be to those responsible for this consolidation? I did find one doubt this afternoon in the Bill, and I would express my thanks to the Attorney-General for having spared some of his time and advice in order to clear that doubt away.

Question put, and agreed to.

Bill accordingly read a Second time.

Committed to a Committee of the whole House.—[Mr. Bowden.]— For Tomorrow.