HC Deb 09 July 1968 vol 768 cc406-7
Mr. Callaghan

I beg to move Amendment 68, in page 6, line 27, leave out subsection (1).

Mr. Deputy Speaker (Sir Eric Fletcher)

I suggest that it would be convenient for the House to discuss at the same time the following Amendments: No. 69, in line 30 leave out from 'who' to 'an' in line 31 and insert: 'deliberately aids, induces or incites another person to do'. and No. 79, in Clause 15, page 9, line 30, leave out from second 'of' to 'the' in line 31 and insert: 'aiding, inducing or inciting'.

Mr. Callaghan

I assure hon. Gentlemen opposite that I am prepared to accept all the insults, as long as I get the Amendments. It is always easy to swallow one if one can get the other.

This series of Amendments represents a great concession and I hope that I will not be accused of weakening the whole purpose of the Bill. The right hon. and learned Member for St. Marylebone (Mr. Hogg) was very much opposed in Committee to the words …aids, abets, counsels or procures… and suggested that they should be replaced by an improved form of words. I have, therefore, substituted for that phrase the words …deliberately aid, induces or incites another person. I am sure that this represents a tremendous improvement in the Bill.

Mr. Antony Buck (Colchester)

I am not certain that the right hon. Gentleman was speaking tongue in cheek, but this matter occupied us for some time in Committee. It is a good thing that he has broken with precedent in the form of words chosen. This represents a marginal improvement in the Bill and as the suggestion originally came from my hon. Friends, we are grateful for the Amendment.

Amendment agreed to.

Further Amendment made: No. 69, in line 30, leave out from 'who' to 'an' in line 31 and insert: 'deliberately aids, induces or incites another person to do'.—[Mr. Callaghan.]

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