HC Deb 26 July 1972 vol 841 cc2015-6
Mr. Monro

I beg to move Amendment No. 32, in page 68, column 3, leave out lines 42 to 44.

This Amendment was particularly requested after consultation with the Mental Welfare Commission. In view of the high regard that we all have for the commission in Scotland, I am sure that the House will accept the Amendment. It makes it possible in future for staff to be seconded from the Scottish Office to the commission. If we did not delete these words that would be impossible.

Mr. Carmichael

I welcome the Amendment on behalf of my hon. Friends and myself and send our regards to the Mental Welfare Commission. In Committee this matter was discussed in considerable detail. The commission is held in high regard in Scotland.

I thank the Minister for the way he has accepted the advice from hon. Members on this side of the House and the gracious way he has accepted many of our Amendments. I suggest that the evidence of understanding of our Amendments that he has shown has in some ways been a lesson which, had more time been given to the Bill, or had the Government had a few more Scottish Members, would have enabled us to make more improvements.

We are grateful for the Amendments that the Minister has put forward and we hope that on the regulations he will show the same understanding for the wide experience of my hon. Friends in the medical field.

Mr. Monro

I thank the hon. Member for his remarks and for the help I received from his hon. Friends, as well as from my own hon. Friends, in Committee. I am sure we shall find it comparatively rare that we have to discuss the regulations, because we have thought about them so carefully beforehand.

Amendment agreed to.

Motion made, That the Bill be now read the Third time. [Queen's Consent, on behalf of the Crown, signified.]

Question put forthwith pursuant to Standing Order No. 56 (Third Reading), and agreed to.

Bill accordingly read the Third time and passed, with Amendments.