HC Deb 08 May 1970 vol 801 cc730-1

As amended (in the Standing Committee), considered.

11.12 a.m.

Mr. Speaker

I have posted my selection of Amendments as is my wont. I suggest that with new Clause 1 we take the following Amendments:

Sub-amendment (b), in line 9, after ' he ', insert 'or his agent on his behalf '.

Sub-Amendment (c), in line 14, after and ', insert `in such manner as to be clearly legible '.

Sub-Amendment (d), in line 15, after give ', insert 'the name and address of the person, firm or company publishing it and '.

Sub-Amendment (e), in line 18, at end insert () the minimum number of copies to be published '.

Sub-Amendment (g), in line 25, at end insert—

(4) If any person knowingly or recklessly makes in any such note of agreement to a charge as is referred to in subsection (1) of this section a statement which is false to a material degree or fails without reasonable cause to publish the directory or similar compilation or publishes it in such a form or with so limited a content as not to be capable of being reasonably regarded as a genuine directory, he shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable—

  1. (a) on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding £ 400; and
  2. (b) on conviction on indictment, to a fine or imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or both.

Amendment No. 25, in Clause 3, page 3, leave out lines 11 to 23.

Mr. David Weitzman (Stoke Newington and Hackney, North)

I desire to raise a point of order, Mr. Speaker, with regard to the selection of Amendments. I am fortified in doing so by the fact that your note is headed "Mr. Speaker's Provisional Selection of Amendments" —

Mr. Speaker

Order. I hope that the hon. and learned Gentleman will make his submission briefly. The Chair takes great pains in the selection of Amendments. During the year it rejects between 500 and 1,000 Amendments at Report stage. If representations were made on every non-selection, much of the time of the House would be lost.

Mr. Weitzman

I appreciate the position, Mr. Speaker, but in my submission this is an extremely important point. You have not selected my Amendments Nos. 1, 8 and 9. Shortly, those Amendments raise a fundamental point in regard to the Bill. The matter occupied the greater part of the discussion in Standing Committee. I realise that it may be said that that is a reason for not selecting the Amendments, but I submit that the House

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