HL Deb 28 February 1968 vol 289 cc894-6

8.21 p.m.


My Lords, before I move the Adjournment, it might be for the convenience of the House, if I amplified the information which I gave yesterday when I introduced the Commonwealth Immigrants (No. 2) Bill. It now seems likely that the Commons Bill will not be received from another place at a time which will make it possible for that Bill to be printed for your Lordships by 2.30 p.m. to-morrow afternoon. We propose, therefore, to move the Second Reading of the Commonwealth Immigrants (No. 2) Bill after Starred Questions and the Business of the House Motion to-morrow. It will then be possible for the Government spokesmen to explain to your Lordships what Amendments have been made to the Commons Bill and we shall be able to have a Second Reading debate.

It is hoped that the printed version of the Commons Bill will be available in advance of the conclusion of our Second Reading debate, so that we would propose, if the Second Reading of our No. 2 Bill is carried, to lay the Bill aside; and I trust that your Lordships will agree to taking the Second Reading of the Commons' Commonwealth Immigrants Bill formally. We should then proceed to the Committee stage on that Bill, the Amendments to it being those which have been tabled to our No. 2 Bill and which will have been transferred and applied, as appropriate, to the Commons Bill. I hope your Lordships will agree to these proposals, which are designed to afford the House the maximum opportunity for full debate on this important measure. I beg to move that this House do now adjourn.

Moved, That the House do now adjourn.—(Lord Beswick.)

On Question, Motion agreed to.

House adjourned accordingly at twenty-three minutes past eight o'clock.