HC Deb 26 April 1976 vol 910 cc112-3

Order for Second Reading read.

7.36 p.m.

Mr. David Stoddart (Lord Commissioner of the Treasury)

I beg to move, that the Bill be now read a Second time.

This Bill is the result of the work of the Law Commission on removing obsolete or spent Bills from the statute book. It covers a wide variety of subjects. The Bill is purely technical and contains nothing of substance. I should like to pay tribute to the work of the Joint Committee chaired by Lord Simon of Glaisdale in examining the Bill. I commend the measure to the House.

7.37 p.m.

Mr. Edward Gardner (South Fylde)

The Bill implements the proposals of the Law Commission by sweeping away legal deadwood of the past, and it is a measure which we warmly welcome. I join the Minister in congratulating Lord Simon and others on his Committee who were responsible for the joint report.

Question put and agreed to.

Bill accordingly read a Second time.

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

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.