HC Deb 28 July 1965 vol 717 cc639-40

Order for Second Reading read.

Motion made and Question proposed, That the Bill be now read a Second time.

12.5 a.m.

Mr. Graham Page (Crosby)

I just wish to call attention to the fact that the Bill is not really a consolidation Bill but is consequential on the other consolidation Bills. It is really what it calls itself—a statute law revision Bill. To that extent it alters the law in that it repeals a large number of Statutes, although it will not be an alteration of the law once the five Bills of the code come into operation.

But it is a little difficult to see how the general ruling about consolidation Bills affect a Statute law revision Bill of this sort or to what extent we are bound by your Ruling, Mr. Speaker, about discussing only whether there should be consolidation or not. However, I do not wish to go through the whole Schedule of the Bill and comment on the repeals.

Mr. Speaker

I do not know what is meant by my Ruling. I have not ruled about a statute law revision Bill.

Question put and agreed to.

Bill accordingly read a Second time.

Committed to a Committee of the whole House.—[Mr. Gourlay.]

Committee this day.