§ 3.46 p.m.
§ Debate on Second Reading resumed.
§ THE JOINT PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY, MINISTRY OF HEALTH (THE MARQUESS OF LOTHIAN)
My Lords, if I may return quite briefly to this Bill, I should like to thank my noble friend Lord Grenfell for having introduced what I think we all agree is a most welcome, useful and necessary measure, and I hope that your Lordships will therefore give it a Second Reading.
My Lords, I should like, first of all, to thank the noble Baroness, Lady Summerskill, for her nice, kind words about me, and for her great tribute to the nurses, which I certainly most heartily agree with. Finance does not come into this Bill, so I will not comment on that; and probably she would not really expect me to agree wholly with her closing remarks. I can assure her from my observations, of which there have been many in the last few years, that the clock has not 1165 been put back but is ticking on quite nicely. I should like to thank noble Lords who have spoken for this Bill; I am most grateful for their help and assistance. I hope that your Lordships will give the Bill a Second Reading.
§ On Question, Bill read 2a, and committed to a Committee of the Whole House.