HC Deb 29 June 1961 vol 643 cc857-8

Lords Amendment: in page 27, line 20, at end insert: (4) In accordance with subsections (1) and (2) of this section, but subject to subsection(3) thereof and to the repeal provided for by subsection (6) of section eighteen of the Legal Aid and Advice Act, 1949, the following enactments (which relate to borstal training) that is to say section twenty of the Criminal Justice Act, 1948, section twenty-eight of the Magistrates' Courts Act, 1952, and section forty-five of the Prison Act, 1952, shall, after the commencement of all such provisions of the Fourth and Fifth Schedules to this Act as relate to those enactments, have effect as set out in the Schedule (Enactments relating to borstal training as they will have effect, subject to s. 41 (3) of this Act and to s. 18 (6) of the Legal Aid and Advice Act, 1949, when all amendments made in them by this Act operate) to this Act.

Mr. Renton

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

I ought to give a slight explanation. This Amendment goes with the Amendments in page 27, lines 26 and 37, and the new Schedule "A", in page 45 line 30. The new Schedule, to which the other Amendments are both paving and consequential, is a limited form of statute law consolidation. It is based on what I understand to be the Keeling principle. As some hon. Members, including the hon. Lady the Member for Leeds, South-East (Miss Bacon) and the hon. Member for Widnes (Mr. MacColl) will remember, the late Sir Edward Keeling, who used to be a Member of this House, suggested that it was a good thing sometimes to do some limited consolidation when a complicated mass of Amendments was being carried out by a Bill. He suggested that sometimes a Schedule should be added to the Bill showing how the Amendments to the existing law are carried out by the Bill. That is what the Schedule does. It picks out various provisions relating to borstal training which have been extensively amended by the Bill.

Those provisions are set out after taking into account Amendments made by previous legislation as well as Amendments made by the Bill. The Amendments made by the Bill are printed in heavy type in the new Schedule, so that hon. Members are able to see exactly what has happened. It is mere consolidation, but it is hoped that it will be helpful to people who practise the law and to others who are concerned with borstal training.

That is the only kind of explanation that I need give, because all the Amendments, so far as they are Amendments of substance and not of form, are matters that we have discussed at various stages of the Bill.

Question put and agreed to.

Subsequent Lords Amendments agreed to.