HL Deb 14 July 1949 vol 163 cc1371-3

7.2 p.m.

Order of the Day for the Third Reading read.


My Lords, I beg to move that this Bill be now read a Third time.

Moved, That the Bill be now read 3a.—(The Lord Chancellor.)


My Lords, I feel rather like the bridegroom who, with his best man, was waiting very nervously for his bride, who was late. He got very agitated and he kept his head down. The best man said to him: "Have you lost anything; have you lost the ring?" But whatever the best man said he could not reassure the bridegroom. Finally, the best man demanded: "What have you lost, man?" And the bridegroom replied: "I've lost my enthusiasm." I, too, am in that predicament to-night; I have lost a good deal of my enthusiasm for this Bill and yet I feel that there is enough good left in it to justify it being given a Third Reading. I deplore the fixing of the latest permitted hour for the sale of liquor at 10.30 p.m. instead of 10 p.m., and still more do I regret the provision for intoxicants to be sold and consumed in certain clubs in London until 2.30 a.m. I believe it to be a libel on our tourist visitors from overseas to suggest that they require any such extension.

However, the provisions in the Bill eliminating private profit by disinterested management, thereby removing any incentive to encourage drinking, is clear social gain and in the best interests of the community. Especially am I grateful for the Bill's total exclusion of young people under the age of eighteen from employment in liquor bars throughout the country. I hope, above almost all else, that clubs may yet find a place in the Bill before it receives the Royal Assent. I therefore support the Third Reading of the Bill, albeit with rather less enthusiasm than I anticipated when it was first introduced.

On Question, Bill read 3a with the Amendments.

Clause 5 [Provisions as to licences in suspense in State management districts]:


My Lords, I am going to move two Amendments. We anticipate, with good reason, that one of the Bills which will receive the Royal Assent when the Royal Commission sits in a few minutes time is the Lands Tribunal Bill. That being so, I propose that there should be inserted into this Bill these references to the Lands Tribunal assuming—as we all confidently do—that what happens in ten minutes time will give the Royal Assent to the Lands Tribunal Bill. We shall then have this Bill in Order. I beg to move the Amendment to Clause 5 which stands on the Order Paper in my name.

Amendment moved—

Page 8, line 11, leave out from ("by") to ("for") in line 16 and insert ("the Lands Tribunal. ( ) For the purposes of any reference to the Lands Tribunal under the last foregoing subsection, section five of the Acquisition of Land (Assessment of Compensation) Act, 1919 (which relates to costs) shall have effect with the substitution)—(The Lord Chancellor.)


My Lords, I rather wondered why we did not put this in during the Report stage. The explanation which has just been given by the noble and learned Viscount who sits on the Woolsack justifies us, I think, in making this new Amendment on the Third Reading.

On Question, Amendment agreed to.


My Lords, the position with regard to Scotland is rather different. There will have to be an interregnum in Scotland in respect of Lands Tribunal work. It is for that reason that I am moving the second Amendment which your Lord ships will find on the Order Paper. I beg to move.

Amendment moved—

Page 8, line 22, at end insert— ( ) In the application of this section to Scotland, subsections (2) and (3) of this section shall have effect as if, for the words 'the Lands Tribunal' there were substituted the words the Lands Tribunal for Scotland,' and the following proviso were inserted at the end of the said subsection (2), that is to say: 'Provided that until sections one to three of the Lands Tribunal Act, 1949, come into force as respects Scotland the expression "the Lands Tribunal for Scotland" shall be construed as meaning an official arbiter appointed under the Acquisition of Land (Assessment of Compensation) Act, 1919, and the following provisions of the said Act of 1919, that is to say, section three thereof (which relates to procedure), section five thereof (which relates to costs) as modified by sections five and ten of the said Act of 1949, but with the substitution for references to the acquiring authority of references to the Secretary of State, and section six thereof (which relates to the statement of special cases) as modified by section ten of the said Act of 1949, shall apply for the purposes of this subsection.'"—(The Lord Chancellor.)

On Question, Amendment agreed to.

Bill passed, and returned to the Commons.