HC Deb 28 July 1961 vol 645 cc832-3

Lords Amendment: In page 17, line 8, after "1953" insert: or section seven of the Licensing (Seamen's Canteens) Act, 1954".

The Solicitor-General

I beg to move, That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment.

It might be for the convenience of the House if we discussed this Amendment with the Amendment in page 17, line 10, and the Amendment to the Ninth Schedule, in page 76, line 41, col. 3.

Mr. Deputy-Speaker

I think that will be convenient.

The Solicitor-General

Clause 7 (5) increases from £30 to £100 the fine for an offence against Section 100 of the Licensing Act, 1953, and that is the Section relating to breaches of permitted hours. The penalty for such an offence committed in a seamen's canteen is fixed by Section 7 (6) of the Licensing (Seamen's Canteens) Act, 1954, and is £30; in other words, the same as we find in the 1953 Act. It is obviously right that these offences should continue to carry the same penalty, and the House indicated clearly that, in the wider provisions of the 1953 Act, it thought that the penalty should be £100. It was by an oversight that the Bill did not operate on Section 7 (6) of the 1954 Act, which relates to seamen's canteens, and this Amendment corrects this by repealing Section 7 (6) and applying the new penalty to offences committed in seamen's canteens.

Question put and agreed to.

Subsequent Lords Amendment agreed to.