HL Deb 24 February 1977 vol 380 cc369-70
The LORD CHANCELLOR (Lord Elwyn-Jones)

My Lords, I have it in command from Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales that they, having been informed of the purport of the Torts (Interference with Goods) Bill, have consented to place their prerogative and interests so far as they are concerned on behalf of the Crown, the Duchy of Lancaster, and the Duchy of Cornwall at the disposal of Parliament for the purposes of this Bill.

I beg to move that this Bill be now read a third time.

Moved, That the Bill be now read 3a.—(The Lord Chancellor.)


My Lords, I congratulate the noble and learned Lord on getting this contentious piece of legislation through with so little discussion, although I am slightly puzzled as to how Her Majesty and the Prince of Wales can have their rights interfered with, because I do not usually associate them with the law of tort.


My Lords, I do not think it is because of any apprehension that Her Majesty or His Royal Highness will be guilty of committing any torts, but that others might conceivably be guilty of inflicting torts upon them. Perhaps this question need not be pursued in too much detail.

On Question, Bill read 3a, and passed, and sent to the Commons.