§ Order for Second Reading read.10.13 pm
§ The Solicitor-General (Sir Ian Percival)
I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time.
So often when consolidation Bills reach the House, we have run short of time. However, this evening when we have plenty of time I can expand a little on the Bill. I want to say how greatly indebted we are to the Joint Committee on Consolidation &c. Bills, which studies all those Bills in such detail that when we consider them we can be assured that they simply restate the law as it is. Since the Committee has done that for us, that leaves nothing for me to do except to invite the House to give the Bill a Second Reading.
§ Question put and agreed to.
§ Bill accordingly read a Second time.
§ Bill committed to a Committee of the whole House. —[Mr. David Hunt.]
§ 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. 58 (Third Reading), and agreed to.
§ Bill accordingly read the Third time and passed, without amendment.