§ The LORD CHANCELLOR (Lord Elwyn-Jones)
My Lords, I beg to move that this Bill be now read a second time. The Law Commission and the Scottish Law Commission have produced a report on an interpretation Bill which has today been laid before Parliament and the present Bill, where it departs in any matters of significance from the Interpretation Act 1889, is based on recommendations contained in that report. Save for that, the Bill is pure consolidation and makes no alteration in the existing law. If given a Second Reading now, the Bill will go before the Joint Committee on Consolidation Bills in the normal way.
§ Moved, That the Bill be now read 2ª—(The Lord Chancellor.)
§ On Question, Bill read 2ª, and referred to the Joint Committee on Consolidation Bills.