HC Deb 26 July 1963 vol 681 c1991

Lords Amendment: In page 19, line 18, leave out "therein mentioned" and insert: mentioned in, as the case may be, the one section or the other".

Mr. Whitelaw

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

This is a drafting Amendment which is required to clarify the meaning of the subsection.

Mr. Niall MacDermot (Derby, North)

I thought that in commending this Amendment the Parliamentary Secretary might tell us that it was a purely inconsequential Amendment. So far as I can see, it does nothing at all to alter the sense of the original drafting. I think that it was Dean Swift who said that the real benefactor of mankind was the man who made two blades of grass grow where only one grew before. This Amendment succeeds in planting thirteen words where there were only two words before. If it does anything to improve conditions in shops, offices and railway premises, I for one shall be delighted, but I shall also be exceedingly surprised.

Question put and agreed to.