HC Deb 21 July 1983 vol 46 c677
The Solicitor General

I beg to move amendment No. 2, in page 64, line 17, after 'in', insert 'the repeals made by'.

Paragraph 5 of schedule 6 is a transitional provision intended to ensure that existing entries on the register of medical practitioners are not affected by the repeal in this consolidation of the enactments under which they were made. Unfortunately, as it stands, paragraph 5 could be interpreted as meaning that the provisions of the Bill on suspension and striking off could not be applied to any practitioner registered under the enactments being consolidated, which would be absurd. The addition of the words "the repeals made by" avoids that possibility.

Amendment agreed to.

The Solicitor General

I beg to move amendment No. 3 in page 67, line 29, leave out 'this Act' and insert 'the 1956 Act'.

This is to correct a mistake. Paragraph 24 of schedule 6 is another transitional provision, its purpose being to allow continued reliance upon certain provisions of the Medical Act 1956 notwithstanding that they have been repealed —I should add, repealed not by this Bill but by the Medical Act 1978. Part of its operation depends upon a registered medical practitioner's being enabled to satisfy the General Medical Council of matters specified in section 22(2) of the 1956 Act and not, as paragraph 24(2) of the schedule erroneously says at present, in clause 22(2) of this Bill.

Amendment agreed to.

Schedule 6, as amended, agreed to.

Schedule 7 agreed to.

Bill reported, with amendments.

Motion made, and Question, That the Bill be now read the Third time, put forthwith pursuant to Standing Order No. 58 (Third Reading), and agreed to.

Bill accordingly read the Third time, and passed, with amendments.