HL Deb 14 February 1935 vol 95 cc938-9

Order of the Day read for the House to be put into Committee on re-commitment of the Bill.

Moved, That the House do now resolve itself into Committee.—(The Lord Chancellor.)

On Question, Motion agreed to.

House in Committee accordingly:

[Lord STANMORE in the Chair.]


Your Lordships will recollect that this Bill is simply a Consolidation Bill which does not alter the law at all but puts into one Act all the previous Acts, of which there is a great number. The first four Amendments are merely formal and are proposed by the Joint Select Committee. The other one is a technical Amendment. By Section 63 of the Unemployment Act of 1934 the Minister of Labour was given power, with the consent of the Treasury, by Order to fix the dates of the first and second appointed days for the purposes of the Unemployment Act of that year. These were fixed by an Order dated December 21, 1934, as January 7, 1935, and March 1, 1935. Section 60 of the Unemployment Act, 1934, gave power to the Minister of Labour to make certain Orders during a period expiring two months after the second appointed day. As the second appointed day had been fixed for March 1 this was translated into dates in Clause 111—that is, April 30. But as March 1 has now been cancelled and the second appointed day is to be postponed by the Unemployment Assistance (Temporary Provisions) Bill now before Parliament, there is no fixed date from which the two months can run, and it is necessary to revert to the expression in the Amendment which is the same as that in the 1934 Act. It is purely a technical matter, and I beg to move.

Moved, That the Amendments proposed by the Joint Select Committee he made.—(The Lord Chancellor.)

On Question, Motion agreed to.