HC Deb 02 March 1998 vol 307 cc727-8 '. A document purporting to be—
  1. (a) duly executed under the seal of the Assembly, or
  2. (b) signed on behalf of the Assembly,
shall be received in evidence and shall, unless the contrary is proved, be taken to be so executed or signed.'—[Mr. Ron Davies.]

Brought up, and read the First time.

Mr. Ron Davies

I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time. As a body corporate, under common law the assembly will automatically be entitled to a seal. The new clause relates to the significance that courts attach to documents submitted in evidence and bearing the assembly's seal. Such documents are to be regarded as properly made unless the contrary is proved. There have been many similar clauses in recent legislation, including equivalent clauses in the Welsh Language Act 1993 and the Local Government (Wales) Act 1994.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause read a Second time, and added to the Bill.

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