§ Order for Second Reading read
§ 9.55 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 consolidation Bill, purely and simply. It is one of five Bills which will be put before the House tonight, the total effect of which is to consolidate in these five measures all the national insurance, social security and industrial injuries legislation which is at present on the statute book. The main Bill, which I shall introduce later, is the Social Security Bill [Lords] and I shall then deal at some length—not at great length, I am happy to tell the House—with the background to these five Bills.
This measure consolidates the Industrial Injuries and Diseases (Old Cases) Act 1967, which is itself a consolidation measure, and subsequent enactments which have amended that Act. I do not think that at this stage I need go into further detail about the Bill. It has been before the Joint Committee, it has received careful scrutiny, certain amendments have been made to it, and it has been through the House of Lords. I accordingly commend the Bill to the House.
§ 9.57 p.m.
§ Mr. Daniel Awdry (Chippenham)
I do not wish to detain the House on this Bill because, as the Minister said, the main measure in this group is the Social Security Bill, and I shall confine my remarks to that measure when we come to it.
As the hon. Gentleman said, the Bill seeks to consolidate the 1967 Act and certain related subsequent amendments. There is no question which I seek to raise now, and we fully support the Bill.
§ Question put and agreed to.
§ Bill accordingly read a Second time.
§ Bill committed to a Committee of the whole House.—[Mr. John Ellis.]
§ Bill immediately considered in Committee; reported, without amendment.1592
§ 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.