HL Deb 23 July 1973 vol 344 cc1606-7

[Nos. 72 to 74]

Page 46, line 33, leave out from "(2)" to "House" in line 34 and insert "No order shall be made under section 1 or 28 above unless a draft of it has been approved by resolution of each".

Page 46, line 38, leave out from " omitted" to "in" in line 41.

Page 47, line 22, after "omitted" insert "; in subsection (3A) for `11 and 12' and '11' there shall be respectively substituted '40 and 41' and '40' and the words 'and the Act of 1967' shall be omitted".


I beg to move that this House doth agree with the Commons in the said Amendments, Nos. 72 to 74.

Moved, That this House doth agree with the Commons in the said Amendments.—(The Earl of Limerick.)


My Lords, as this is the last of the Amendments, I am sure that your Lordships would like me to thank the noble Earl, Lord Limerick, for the care with which he has entered into this marathon exercise which, happily, he will feel that he has now completed. Perhaps I may be permitted to make a very short comment. Although we are indeed grateful for the way in which the protection provided by the Bill has been developed through all the Amendments which have now been adopted, it poses in one's mind the question whether a straightjacket—although, of course, it is an ideal method of defending any person who is in communication with one so circumscribed—is the ideal garment for permitting enterprise, individual effort and so on. But, obviously, this is a matter which will have to be thought about, as will also whether another totally different approach to the problem of safeguarding insurance and safeguarding the insurers is required. So I return to the original purpose of my intervention, which was to thank the noble Earl for his explanation.


My Lords, may I second what the noble Lord, Lord Diamond, has said about the skill, care and clarity with which the noble Earl, Lord Limerick, has handled this very complicated subject. May I acknowledge, also, the consideration given to those of us who wished to understand it, and who were even bold enough to suggest improvements. We are very grateful.


My Lords, if I may, with leave, speak again, I would acknowledge with gratitude the remarks made, and say that we have paid attention to the comments made to us, and not infrequently we felt that we were able to act upon them and so to improve the Bill.

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