HC Deb 29 June 1971 vol 820 cc318-9
Mr. Onslow

I beg to move Amendment No. 46, in page 50, line 21, leave out 'the taking on' and insert 'demise, lease or'.

The Amendment would have the effect of putting into the Bill the terminology that was used in Section 49(2) of the Civil Aviation Act, 1949. I understand from my right hon. Friend that the view of his advisers is that my proposed wording has the same meaning as the words in the Bill. That being so, is there any reason why there has been a change? Second, can my right hon. Friend give me an undertaking that the words now in the Bill will be interpreted in a court of law in the same sense as the words which I seek to import from the 1949 Act?

Mr. Noble

This is where I have to move from being, or not being, dogmatic, to the much more tricky field of legal advice. I am assured that the precedent of the 1949 Act is not a particularly happy one, and that the words that are used there are not necessary. I have been told that I can categorically assure my hon. Friend that the words in the Bill cover all the purposes which he seeks to import from the 1949 Act. I hope that my hon. Friend will accept my assurance.

Mr. Onslow

I beg to ask leave to withdraw the Amendment.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

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