HC Deb 24 May 1968 vol 765 cc1153-4

As amended (in the Standing Com mittee), considered.

2.30 p.m.

Sir Cyril Black (Wimbledon)

On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. There are a number of Amendments in the names of myself and some of my hon. Friends. I am conscious of the fact that a great deal of today has been lost to our normal business by what preceded it this morning, and also that there is great anxiety on the part of hon. Members to get to the next Bill. In the circumstances, I am prepared not to move any of the Amendments that I had tabled.

Mr. R. T. Paget

I beg to move, That the Bill be now read the Third time.

I am deeply grateful to those who have helped with the passing of the Bill. In my years in this House, I have for the second time come up in the ballot. This time I was No. 22. Last time I was No. 16. I then introduced a Bill, upon which I felt very strongly, to assist spastics. I wished to empower the Minister to give them two-seater carriages. The Bill was steadily blocked by the Minister.

On this occasion, I asked for a Bill to which there would be no opposition and which would be helped. That has been the position almost up to the end, when a rather alarming cloud of opposition was borne in on a Sabbatarian wind. I am deeply happy and grateful that that cloud has since dispersed, and I express my gratitude to all those who have helped my Bill.

Question put and agreed to.

Bill accordingly read the Third time, and passed.

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