§ 5.15 p.m.
§ Report of Amendments received (according to Order).
§ Clause 1 [Certain acts not actionable in tort or as delicts]:
§ LORD CONESFORDmoved, at the beginning of subsection (3) to leave out "Save as aforesaid" and insert "Where this Act applies,". The noble Lord said: My Lords, this is a drafting Amendment to make the meaning of the subsection clearer. I beg to move.1056
Page 1, line 19, leave out ("Save as aforesaid") and insert the said- new words.—(Lord Conesford.)
§ VISCOUNT DILHORNE
My Lords, I hope the Government will accept this Amendment. It is certainly acceptable to me. Ever since I was in chambers as a pupil—the same chambers as my noble and learned friend—I have admired his mastery of English. I am always willing to accept a correction in English at his hands.
§ THE PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY, MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT (LORD LINDGREN)
My Lords, the Amendment of the noble Lord, Lord Conesford, arises, as the noble and learned Viscount admitted, from an Amendment to the Bill proposed by the noble and learned Viscount which was carried by your Lordships during the Committee stage. Her Majesty's Government were strongly opposed to the original Amendment then, and we remain so opposed. It is our intention to seek a reversal of the Amendment in another place. However, I accept that the Amendment now before us is intended simply to improve the drafting of the Bill as it now stands. The incorporation of the Amendments consequential to the noble and learned Viscount's Amendment in the Bill as originally drafted has resulted in a rather cumbersome form of words at the beginning of line 19, and, as the noble Lord, Lord Conesford, has said, his present Amendment improves the drafting of the noble and learned Viscount.
§ On Question, Amendment agreed to.