HC Deb 11 May 1964 vol 695 cc140-1

Lords Amendment: In page 9, line 35, leave out from "disposition" to "the" in line 36 and insert "executed after".

Lady Tweedsmuir

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

The purpose of this Amendment, like the previous one, is to remove an element of retrospection in the application of Clause 13. As it left this House, Clause 13 would have applied to testamentary dispositions made before the Bill became an Act by taking effect on the death of the testator or, perhaps, on someone else's death after one year from the date of the commencement of the Act.

Parliament is always reluctant, I think, to accept proposals for retrospective legislation, and I am sure that the House will agree that the Government were right to amend this Clause so that it would apply only to wills made after the Bill became law.

Mr. Lawson

This Amendment is of the same character as the last one. We have the same feeling about it as we had about the previous Amendment.

Question put and agreed to.

Subsequent Lords Amendment agreed to.