HC Deb 29 March 1976 vol 908 cc1065-6

Ordered, That, during the proceedings on the matter of the effect of Devoluion in Wales, the Welsh Grand Committee have leave to sit

Most of us now feel, with the benefit of literally only a few weeks in which to reflect, that if the clause goes through as it stands, the responsibility must fall on the Government's shoulders, because all of us on this side are convinced that it is not right. We have tried to improve it. My hon. Friend the Member for Conway (Mr. Roberts) and I accept that our new clause may be technically defective, but there is none the less need for an amendment of some sort to enable their Lordships to have another look at the matter before Clause 2 becomes law. We remain concerned that we have not got it right yet, and it would be wrong to put on the statute book something which is plainly not correct.

Mr. Whitehead

Before the hon. Gentleman sits down—

Mr. Deputy Speaker

Order. I understand that the hon. Gentleman has finished. He has already sat down.

Question put, That the clause be read a Second time:—

The House divided: Ayes 2, Noes 32.

twice on the first day on which they shall meet; and that notwithstanding the provision of Standing Order No. 64 (meetings of Standing Committees) the second such sitting shall not commence before Four o'clock nor continue after Six o'clock.—[Mr. Walter Harrison.]

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