HC Deb 01 May 1952 vol 499 c1745
Captain Crookshank

I beg to move, in page 3, line 25, after "1951,"to insert "and this Act."

The Amendment is not of the greatest possible importance but it is wise that the House should insert it at this stage. It will be remembered that on the Committee stage we had a question about bridges as contrasted with dentures. There had been apparently at an earlier stage, since the 1951 Act, a question whether a bridge was a denture. Everybody thought that the word "denture" covered the two cases, but there was some legal dubiety and, therefore, earlier on we inserted the word "bridge". Now we have to make quite clear that it applies throughout the Bill for all purposes.

The effect, therefore, of the Amendment is that "denture" in Clause 2 (3) will include a bridge; and accordingly charges will be payable for the addition of teeth to bridges. It is not much more than a drafting Amendment to this part of the Bill, because we have dealt with the problem elsewhere. The hon. Member for Wolverhampton North-East (Mr. Baird) looks worried, but this is nothing but a clarifying Amendment. I hope, therefore, that it will be accepted.

Amendment agreed to.