HC Deb 12 March 1958 vol 584 cc566-7

Amendments made: In page 5, line 43, leave out from "proceedings" to end of line 46 and insert: for the enforcement of the registered order shall be begun before the cancellation of the registration and no writ, warrant or other process for the enforcement thereof shall be issued in consequence of any such proceedings begun before the giving of the notice".

In page 6, line 9, leave out from "no" to "in" in line 11 and insert: process for the enforcement of the registered order isued before the giving of the notice remains".—[Mr. Renton.]

Mr. Anthony Greenwood

I wonder, Mr. Deputy-Speaker, whether, at this stage, you would allow me to move, "That the debate be now adjourned" so that we can have an opportunity of knowing what the Government's intentions are. We are now embarking upon the most controversial part of the Bill, on an Amendment to which there will be further Amendments. It would, I think, help us if we knew the Government's intentions.

Mr. Deputy-Speaker

The hon. Gentleman can raise the matter on the Question, "That further consideration of the Bill, as amended, be now adjourned."

Mr. Greenwood

I beg to move, That further consideration of the Bill, as amended, be now adjourned.

Mr. R. A. Butler

I do not want to be unreasonable with the Opposition. I did not imagine that this particular Amendment, although there are some Amendments to my proposed Amendment, was particularly controversial. I was proposing to continue until such time as we found there was a controversial issue which it was not convenient to discuss at this time of night, in which case I should not insist on taking it this evening. If the hon. Gentleman tells me that his hon. Friends regard this as a major issue, then I will pay attention to what he says.

If, as I apprehend, the next Amendment to be called is to Clause 6, page 6, line 36, I think that we could deal with that and the following Amendment in line 43, as well as the proposed Opposition Amendments to it. However, I am willing to consider with the hon. Member for Rossendale (Mr. Anthony Greenwood) any question of a major issue which he would prefer to be discussed at an earlier hour.

Mr. Greenwood

I moved the Motion to try to get some clarification of the Government's intentions. I think that it would be suitable for us to carry on until we reach more controversial matters. I therefore beg to ask leave to withdraw the Motion.

Motion, by leave, withdrawn.