HC Deb 20 October 1972 vol 843 cc721-2

Lords Amendment: No. 21, in page 24, line 35, at end insert new Clause "H"— H. The Criminal Appeal Act 1968 and the Courts Act 1971 shall have effect with the amendments shown in Schedule (Amendments of enactments relating to costs on appeal) to this Act (being amendments relating to the powers of the Court of Appeal and the House of Lords to award costs, enabling an award to be made in favour of the prosecutor and facilitating consolidation of the enactments relating to costs in criminal cases).

3.0 p.m.

Mr. Lane

I beg to move, That this

The House divided: Ayes 47, Noes 53.

Division No. 343.] AYES [2.50 p.m.
Albu, Austen Harrison, Walter (Wakefield) O'Halloran, Michael
Archer, Peter (Rowley Regis) Hattersley, Roy Perry, Ernest G.
Atkinson, Norman Heffer, Eric S. Prescott, John
Bennett, James (Glasgow, Bridgeton) Janner, Greville Sandelson, Neville
Booth, Albert Jenkins, Hugh (Putney) Silkin, Hn. S. C.(Dulwich)
Concannon, J. D. Kaufman, Gerald Skinner, Dennis
Cox, Thomas (Wandsworth, C.) Lamborn, Harry Spearing, Nigel
Cronin, John Latham, Arthur Stallard, A. W.
Davis, Clinton (Hackney, C.) Lipton, Marcus Stoddart, David (Swindon)
Davis, Terry (Bromsgrove) Mackie, John Tuck, Raphael
Deakins, Eric McNamara, J. Kevin Weitzman, David
Dell, Rt. Hn. Edmund Marshall, Dr. Edmund Williams, Mrs. Shirley (Hitchin)
Douglas-Mann, Bruce Meacher, Michael Williams, W. T. (Warrington)
Edwards, Robert (Bilston) Mellish, Rt. Hn. Robert
Fraser, John (Norwood) Mendelson, John TELLERS FOR THE AYES:
Gilbert, Dr. John Mitchell, R. C.(S'hampton,Itchen) Mr. James Wellbeloved and
Harper, Joseph Morris, Alfred (Wythenshawe) Mr. Tom Pendry.
Alison, Michael (Barkston Ash) Goodhew, Victor Monks, Mrs. Connie
Atkins, Humphrey Gurden, Harold Murton, Oscar
Batsford, Brian Hawkins, Paul Onslow, Cranley
Biggs-Davison, John Hayhoe, Barney Powell, Rt. Hn. J. Enoch
Boscawen, Hn. Robert Hill, James (Southampton, Test) Pym, Rt. Hn. Francis
Braine, Sir Bernard Hunt, John Reed, Laurance (Bolton, E.)
Brocklebank-Fowler, Christopher Jennings, J. C. (Burton) Scott, Nicholas
Bryan, Sir Paul Jessel, Toby Shaw, Michael (Sc'b'gh & Whitby)
Carlisle, Mark Jopling, Michael Shelton, William (Clapham)
Chapman, Sydney Kellett-Bowman, Mrs. Elaine Soref, Harold
Churchill, W. S. Kirk, Peter Stanbrook, Ivor
Coombs, Derek Knox, David Taylor, Frank (Moss Side)
Costain, A. P. Lamont, Norman Tebbit, Norman
Crouch, David Longden, Sir Gilbert Weatherill, Bernard
Eyre, Reginald Luce, R. N. Winterton, Nicholas
Fenner, Mrs. Peggy McAdden, Sir Stephen
Fortescue, Tim Macmillan,Rt.Hon.Maurice(Farnham) TELLERS FOR THE NOES:
Fowler, Norman Maginnis, John E. Mr. Walter Clegg and
Fry, Peter Meyer, Sir Anthony Mr. Kenneth Clarke.

House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment.

I understand that we are also to discuss Lords Amendment No. 36, in page 40, line 23, at end insert new Schedule B—"Amendments of Enactments relating to Costs on Appeal".

The Amendment will facilitate the consolidation of the law relating to costs in criminal cases and I am sure that it will be welcome as a small but useful contribution to law reform. Together the Amendments effectively amend parts of the Criminal Appeal Act, 1968 and the Courts Act, 1971, with the general object of widening further the powers of the Court of Appeal and the House of Lords to award costs out of central funds. These Amendments apply to appeals under the 1968 Act and to appeals from a decision of the Divisional Court in a criminal matter which is where the Amendment of the Courts Act comes in.

Question put and agreed to.