HC Deb 29 October 1976 vol 918 cc853-4

Order for Second Reading read.

11.5 a.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 measure. It has been through the Joint Consolidation Committee, which has certified it to be such. Unless the House wishes me to explain the purpose of the Bill, I shall move the Second Reading virtually formally.

Mr. Anthony Fell (Yarmouth)

I have to start by asking you, Mr. Speaker, whether what I hope to say will be in order. It concerns drainage and the Anglian Water Authority, which has a Private Bill.

Mr. Speaker

I am obliged to the hon. Member for his courtesy in putting it that way, but he may not discuss the content of the Bill. He may discuss only whether it should be consolidated. It is a narrow area.

Mr. Fell

I am grateful to you, Mr. Speaker. In that case, I shall not try.

Question put and agreed to.

Bill accordingly read a Second time.

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

Committee upon Monday next.