HC Deb 10 December 1953 vol 521 c2193

Considered in Committee, and reported, without Amendment.

Motion made, and Question proposed, "That the Bill be now read the Third time."

4.13 p.m.

Mr. G. R. Mitchison (Kettering)

I do not think this occasion ought to pass without a word of thanks to those who performed the laborious and lengthy task of collecting the dead wood which we are engaged in cutting today. I am sure that the Attorney-General would agree with that.

The Attorney-General (Sir Lionel Heald)

I am obliged to the hon. and learned Member. I am sure that both sides of the House would wish to join in thanking those who have done this work. The metaphor adopted by the hon. and learned Member is not quite the same as that which has been previously used in connection with this kind of Bill. I think it was that great authority on these matters, Sir Cecil Carr, who pointed out some five years ago that Statute law revision is a crematorium for dead bodies of law, not a lethal chamber for tiresome invalids who are still alive.

Question put, and agreed to.

Bill accordingly read the Third time, and passed, without Amendment.