HC Deb 14 November 1988 vol 140 c765 4.30 pm
The Solicitor-General (Sir Nicholas Lyell)

I beg to move amendment No. 1, in page 2, line 38, leave out 'three' and insert 'six'.

The amendments that stand in my name were shown in draft to the Chairman of the Joint Committee on Consolidation, &c., Bills, who said that they were, in his opinion, proper to be moved as part of the consolidation effected by the Bills.

Amendment No. 1 relates to the provision for the commencement of the Bill three months after Royal Assent. Representations from the Justices Clerks Society suggested that that would not give magistrates courts sufficient time to adjust to the change, so the amendment extends the period to six months.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause 8, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.

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