HL Deb 06 August 1918 vol 31 cc547-8

Order of the Day for the Third Reading read.


My Lords, the Bishop of Norwich, who is not able to be here to-day, has asked me to move that this Bill be read a third time. I beg to move.

Moved, That the Bill be now read 3a.—(Lord Muir Mackenzie.)

On Question, Bill read 3a.


There are some Amendments down in my name to this Bill. They are all verbal or mere drafting Amendments, with perhaps one exception, which does not add in any way to the substance of the Bill, but merely gives an explanation of one of the words in the Bill about which there might possibly be some doubt. I think it would meet your Lordships' convenience, as also mine, if you would allow me to move that these Amendments be taken altogether. I beg to move that they be agreed to.

Amendments moved—

Leave out Clause 1.

Leave out Clause 3.

Clause 4, page 2, line 31, after ("report") insert ("including the regulation of the course and succession in which the patrons (if there be more than one patron) shall present or nominate to the united benefice from time to time as the same shall become vacant").

Clause 6, page 3, line 29, after ("and") insert ("in particular")

Clause 6, page 3, line 34, after ("interested") insert ("and")

Clause 6, page 3, line 35, after ("commissioners") insert ("and")

Clause 6, page 3, line 38, after ("or") insert ("by")

Clause 6, page 3, line 39, after the first ("or") insert ("by")

After clause 20 insert as a new clause:

"Short title.

".—(1) This Act may be cited as the Union of Benefices Act, 1918, and shall extend to the Channel Islands.

"(2) Nothing in this Act shall affect or apply to any benefice or sinecure situate in the Metropolis within the meaning of the Union of Benefices Act, 1860.

"Schedule, page 9, leave out lines 4 to 9 inclusive."—(Lord Muir Mackenzie.)

On Question, Amendments agreed to.

Bill passed, and sent to the Commons.