HL Deb 07 December 1978 vol 397 cc277-8

3.33 p.m.

The CHAIRMAN of COMMITTEES (Lord Aberdare)

My Lords, in moving the Third Reading of the first of the four county council Bills that appear on the Order Paper, may I say a brief word about all four of them. They are the Private Bills which started in this House last Session and were carried over so that they could proceed on their way through Parliament this Session, hopefully receiving a Third Reading here this afternoon and then going to another place. They are major county council Bills resulting from the 1972 Local Government Act, and in the course of their passage through this House they have been most carefully sifted by a number of Select Committees. I have no hesitation at all in recommending them to your Lordships for Third Reading and for passing. I should like to thank those Members of your Lordships' House who have taken part in the proceedings of the various Select Committees that sat on these Bills. Some of them were pretty exhaustive and exhausting Committees, and I am indeed most grateful to those Members of the House who took part. It is not very usual to have Amendments on Third Reading, but today, in fact, as your Lordships will see, there are Amendments to two of the Bills. The noble Lord, Lord Saint Oswald, has some Amendments down to this first Bill, the West Yorkshire Bill, and I myself have some Amendments to the West Midlands County Council Bill, which we shall come to in due course. My Lords, I beg to move that the West Yorkshire Bill be now read a third time.

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

On Question, Bill read 3a.

Lord SAINT OSWALD moved the following Amendments:

After Clause 3, insert the following new Part: