§ Order of the Day for the House to be put into Committee read.
§ THE EARL OF PLYMOUTH
My Lords, in moving that the House do go into Committee on this Bill I think that some explanation is due to your Lordships as to why the Amendments, which were foreshadowed at an earlier stage, are not being moved. The items which were affected were the Coroners (Emergency Provisions) Act, 1917, and the Juries Act, 1918, which depended upon whether the Coroners (Amendment) Bill was going to pass or not. The Home Office have decided that this Bill, even if it is passed, shall not come into operation for four or five months, and it is therefore necessary to continue the two Acts I have mentioned for that period. The other doubtful item was part of the Ministry of Food (Continuance) Act, 1920. It has been decided to include this in the schedule in case the Sale of Food (Weights and Measures) Bill does not receive the Royal Assent this Session. If it does pass then Part I of the Sale of Food Order—the Order affected—can be revoked at once. The power to do this is contained in the portion of the Ministry of Food Act continued in the Schedule to the Expiring Laws Continuance Bill. I beg to move.
§ On Question, Motion agreed to.
§ House in Committee accordingly: Bill reported without amendment.