§ Order for Second Reading read.
§ 11.41 p.m.
§ The Parliamentary Secretary to the Law Officers' Department (Mr. Arthur Davidson)
I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time.
This is a relatively short and simple consolidation Bill containing only 12 short and simple clauses. It consolidates the Export Guarantees Act 1968, the Export Guarantees and Payments Act 1970 and the Export Guarantees Amendment Act 1975.
The Bill has been referred to the Joint Consolidation Committee, which has certified that it is a pure consolidation Bill and accurately reflects existing law.
In the circumstances, I commend the Bill to the House.
§ Mr. Carol Mather (Esher)
We on the Opposition benches have no desire to delay the Bill. As the hon. Gentleman says, it is a consolidation Bill, and we have no comment to make upon it.
§ Question put and agreed to.
§ Bill accordingly read a Second time.
§ Bill committed to a Committee of the whole House.—[Mr. Harper.]
§ Bill immediately considered in Committee; reported, without amendment.
§ 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.