HC Deb 15 May 1970 vol 801 cc1675-6

11.12 a.m.

Mr. Speaker

I have not posted my selection of Amendments because I have selected all the Amendments in the name of the promoter of the Bill the hon. Member for Lewisham, South (Mr. Carol Johnson).

Mr. Carol Johnson (Lewisham, South)

I beg to move Amendment No. 1, in page 1, line 16, after ' not ', insert ' under this subsection '.

I preface my few remarks on the Amendment by explaining that, through the courtesy of the Home Office, Parliamentary Counsel have cast their eagle eyes over the Bill as it emerged from Standing Committee and have suggested to me some Amendments which would improve the language and deal with one or two small anomalies. So that the Bill is in order in all respects before, as I hope, it reaches the Statute Book. I am deeply indebted to the Home Department for arranging for that advice to be available to me.

Amendment No. 1 is a drafting Amendment. The proviso to Clause 1(2) limits the period for which a riding establishment may be kept under the authority of a provisional licence to six months in any period of twelve months. How ever, the limitation it imposes was not intended to affect the local authority's discretion to extend a licence deemed to be granted to the personal representatives of the deceased holder of a provisional licence by virtue of section 1(8) of the principal Act.

This Amendment makes it clear that the proviso applies only to provisional licences granted under clause 1 of the Bill, and does not operate on extensions made under section 1(8) of the 1964 Act.

Amendment agreed to.

Mr. Carol Johnson

I beg to move Amendment No. 2, in line 6, leave out ' in place of ' and insert ' for '.

This Amendment can conveniently be taken with Amendment No. 3. The Amendments are straightforward drafting matters.

Section 1(8) of the principal Act provides that when the holder of an annual licence dies, his personal representatives shall be deemed to have been granted a licence valid for one year from the date of death. The effect of the proviso to clause 1(3) of the Bill is to limit this period to three months when the deceased was the holder of a provisional licence. The substitution by the proviso of " three months " for " one year " in section 1(8) of the 1964 Act should be made in both places where those words appear, and this is achieved by this amendment.

Amendment agreed to.

Further Amendments made: No. 3, in page 2, line 7, after ' year " ', insert ' in each place where they occur '.

No. 4, in page 2, line 7, after ' substituted ', insert the words '.—[Mr. Carol Johnson.]

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