§ 3.26 p.m.
§ THE LORD CHANCELLOR
My Lords, I beg to move that this Bill be now read a second time. It is a pure Consolidation Bill. It consolidates what remains of the Costs in Criminal Cases Act 1952, the relevant provisions of the Criminal Appeal Act 1968, the Courts Act 1971 and the Criminal Justice Act 1972, and certain minor amending provisions. A Bill in substantially the same form was referred to the Joint Committee last Session, but the Committee deferred their examination of it in order that certain relevant provisions in the Criminal Justice Bill then before Parliament might be included in a new Bill this Session. The Bill will of course go to the Joint Committee in the usual way. I beg to move.
§ Moved, That the Bill be now read 2a.—(The Lord Chancellor.)
§ On Question, Bill read 22, and referred to the Joint Committee on Consolidation Bills.