HC Deb 04 May 1962 vol 658 c1403

As amended (in the Standing Committee), considered.

1.35 p.m.

Mr. Ian MacArthur (Perth and East Perthshire)

I beg to move, That the Bill be now read the Third time.

This Bill also is a small Measure. It has, however, the effect of removing an anomaly in Scottish law which came to my notice as a result of a case in my constituency and which was given wider attention by the Tenth Report of the Scottish Law Reform Committee.

I wish to thank my right hon. and learned Friend the Lord Advocate and hon. Members, particularly the hon. Lady the Member for Lanarkshire, North (Miss Herbison), for their support and assistance during the Bill's earlier stages.

1.36 p.m.

Miss Margaret Herbison (Lanarkshire, North)

We seem to be throwing many congratulations around the House today. It is rather pleasant to be here at a time like this. I wish to congratulate the hon. Member for Perth and East Perthshire (Mr. MacArthur) on having introduced the Bill. It will do away with an injustice which sometimes had very grave consequences for some women in Scotland. Because it was thought that something should be done about this matter, the Bill had strong support from both sides in Committee. I hope that when it goes to another place it will go through as quickly and easily as it has done in this House.

Question put and agreed to.

Bill accordingly read the Third time and passed.