HC Deb 25 February 1965 vol 707 cc743-4

9.53 p.m.

The Minister without Portfolio (Sir Eric Fletcher)

I beg to move, in page 10, line 18, to leave out "deposit or short-term" and to insert other than a long-term". I think that it would be for the convenience of the House if the Amendments in page 10, line 39 and page 11, lines 1, 2 and 10 were discussed at the same time.

Mr. Deputy-Speaker (Sir Samuel Storey)

If the House wishes, so be it.

Sir Eric Fletcher

These Amendments are of a drafting nature. Those hon. Members who were present in the Standing Committee will remember that we made certain technical changes in Clause 9. These further Amendments were necessary because subsection (1,g) replaces the current provision in the County Courts Act enabling fund rules to be made governing dormant county court funds. Among other things, the rules may require the closing of any account included in a published list of such dormant funds, but as at present drafted this power does not extend to an account which is neither a deposit on short-term, nor a long-term investment account. It is obviously necessary that all such accounts should be covered, and these Amendments remedy that defect in the Bill as at present drafted.

Amendment agreed to.

Further Amendments made: In page 10, line 39, leave out "a deposited or short-term" and insert: an acount other than a long-term".

In page 11, line 1, leave out "a deposit" and insert "an".

In line 2, leave out from "Rules" to end of line 3 and insert: (other than a long-term investment account)". In line 10, leave out first "the" and insert "any".—[Sir E. Fletcher.]