§ The LORD CHANCELLOR (Lord Elwyn-Jones)
My Lords, I beg to move that this Bill be now read a second time. It is a pure consolidation Bill. It consolidates the Nursing Homes Act 1963 and the relevant provisions of the Public Health Act 1936, the Mental Health Act 1959 and the National Health Service Reorganisation Act 1973. The Bill will be referred to the Joint Committee in the usual way. My Lords, I beg to move.
§ On Question, Bill read 2a and referred to the Joint Committee on Consolidation Bills.