HC Deb 25 October 1960 vol 627 c2189

Order read for resuming adjourned debate on Amendment proposed [22nd July] on consideration of the Bill, as amended (in the Standing Committee).

Which Amendment was, to Clause 13 (Appeal in cases of contempt of court), page 8, line 40, after "one", to insert: and section two:—

Question again proposed, That those words be there inserted in the Bill.

5.0 p.m.

The Attorney-General (Sir Reginald Manningham-Buller)

When the debate on this Amendment was adjourned, on 22nd July, I was explaining that it was consequential on the Amendment which the House had just passed. It merely seeks to clarify beyond any doubt the time for leave to appeal.

Mr. Eric Fletcher (Islington, East)

As the right hon. and learned Gentleman has said, we were discussing this on the 22nd July, and I think that it is now clear that the effect of this Amendment is to extend the period to 14 days for appeal, both in cases that arise under this Section and those that arise under the earlier Section of the Bill. That is the result of Amendments which were considered in Committee, when we originally pressed that the seven days should be extended to 21 days. We then compromised on the figure of 14. We are very glad to accept this Amendment.

Amendment agreed to.

Further Amendment made: In page 8, line 42, leave out "that section" and insert "the said section one".—[The Attorney-General.]