HC Deb 09 July 1959 vol 608 cc1727-8

Lords Amendment: In page 47, line 44, leave out from "for" to first "of" in line 13 and insert: references to sections fifteen and thirty-five".

Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment.

11.30 p.m.

Mr. MacColl

This involves considerations of relativity, because it appears to be that this can be examined only if one is proceeding with the speed of light in a direction away from it and backwards in time, because it is proposed in line 44 to leave out from "for" to the first "of" in line 13, which means going backwards. It would be helpful to know precisely what this means.

Mr. Deputy-Speaker

The Question is—

Mr. MacColl

On a point of order. We might be docile, Mr. Deputy-Speaker, but we cannot agree to an Amendment which is completely senseless.

Mr. Mitchison

On a point of order. I think that "line 13" must be a misprint.

Mr. Deputy-Speaker

Line 13 should be line 45.

Mr. Willis

We should have an explanation. Previously the right hon. Gentleman apologised for a printer's error and said that there was no need for a manuscript Amendment. We do not know whether this is a printer's error or a mistake which should be corrected by a manuscript Amendment. What are the Government going to do about it? Perhaps the right hon. Gentleman would explain the position.

Mr. Deputy-Speaker

I understand that it is a printer's error.

Question put and agreed to.

Subsequent Lords Amendments agreed to.