HC Deb 24 July 1973 vol 860 cc1540-2

Read a Second time.

Bill committed to a Committee of the whole House.—[Mr. Monro.]

Bill immediately considered in Committee.

[Sir ROBERT GRANT-FERRIS in the Chair]

The Chairman

Does any hon. Member wish to raise a point on any of the clauses?

Mr. Norman Buchan (Renfrew West)

I should like to raise a point, Sir Robert.

The Chairman

On which clause?

Mr. Buchan

Perhaps I may raise it on a point of order, Sir Robert. It might be useful if I could make one or two observations and refer to them in a kind of Third Reading way.

The Chairman

Unless the hon. Member has a specific point he wishes to raise on a clause—

Mr. Buchan

I wish only to raise the Third Reading situation, Sir Robert. That is all.

The Chairman

Therefore, I shall put the Question, That the Clauses stand part of the Bill.

Clauses 1 to 83 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Schedules 1 and 2 agreed to.

Bill reported, without amendment.

Order for Third Reading read.

Mr. Buchan rose

Mr. Deputy Speaker (Sir Robert Grant-Ferris)

I beg the hon. Gentleman's pardon. I have to put the Question forthwith, without debate, there being no contrary motion on the Order Paper. I cannot take anything but a point of order.

Mr. Buchan

On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. It is a little difficult now to come to the Bill, but certain things have arisen. First, the Bill has been largely discussed in Committee in another form. That is why it took this form tonight. My point of order is whether it would be possible in future, when this kind of thing happens, not to deal with the content of what I want to say about the Bill—as I can write to the Minister—but to find some mechanism without going through the normal procedures with the Mace. That might be helpful.

Secondly, I should like to know when the regulations relating to Clause 18 will be brought in. Perhaps the Minister will write to me about that.

Mr. Deputy Speaker

Order. I am afraid that I cannot hear any more on this subject.

Motion made, and Question, That the Bill be now read the Third time, put forthwith pursuant to Standing Order No. 56 (Third Reading), and agreed to.

Bill accordingly read the Third time and passed, without amendment.