HC Deb 14 May 1953 vol 515 c1540

10.15 p.m.

The Solicitor-General (Sir Reginald Manningham-Buller)

I beg to move, in page 20, line 7, to leave out subsection (2), and to insert: (2) Any sum paid to the Secretary of State in pursuance of section twenty-seven of the Justices of the Peace Act, 1949, in respect of a fine recovered under this Act shall be deemed to be Exchequer moneys within the meaning of that section and shall be paid by the Secretary of State into the Exchequer. This Amendment is necessary because of the provisions of Section 27 of the Justices of the Peace Act, 1949. That Section makes provision for the payment of all fines imposed by courts of summary jurisdiction to the Secretary of State, and for the fines paid to the Secretary of State to be Exchequer moneys going into a pool for distribution to the responsible authorities. The Exchequer moneys are defined in that Act in such a way as to apply the moneys which are to be paid into the Exchequer by any Government Department or person on behalf of Her Majesty subject to the special provisions given by or under any Act, and the difficulty which arises here is due to the fact that the Justices of the Peace Act has reached the Statute Book before this Bill, and therefore, unless this Amendment is made, this Act could not come within the definition of "any Act" in Section 27 of the 1949 Act, and, therefore, the moneys would not go as it is desired they should go under this Bill.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clauses 39 to 43 ordered to stand part of the Bill.