§ As amended (in the Standing Committee), considered.
§ 12.1 a.m.
§ The Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department (Mr. Dick Taverne)
I am glad that time has been found for the Bill. It has not taken up as much as an hour, but it is very valuable all the same. Even since the Bill was introduced, 929 cases have come to light in which damage has been caused to boats but people could not be prosecuted, because there was no offence of taking and driving away, or of paddling away a canoe or sailing away a boat. Now there will be better protection.
I hope that there will be publicity for this change in the law. It is desirable that people should know that they can no longer do these things without being prosecuted. I congratulate the hon. Member for Twickenham (Mr. Gresham Cooke) on his Bill, and I hope that everyone will give it a welcome, and publicity, too.
§ Question put and agreed to.
§ Bill accordingly read the Third time and passed.