HL Deb 02 July 1984 vol 454 cc93-5

75 Schedule 4, page 42, line 13, column 3, at beginning insert ("In section 1(2), the words from" of Agriculture "to" "the Minister") ")

76 Page 42, line 17, column 3, leave out from ("it,") to ("and") in line 19.

77 Page 42, column 3, leave out lines 36 and 37 and insert ("Section 91.")

78 Page 42, line 48, column 3, leave out ("paragraph 28.") and insert ("paragraphs 15, 27 and 28.")

79 Page 42, line 48, at end insert—

("14 & 15 Geo. 6. c. 18. The Livestock Act 1951. In Section 1(2)(b), the words from "in paragraph" (where first occurring) to "1948".
4 & 5 Eliz. 2. c. 49. The Agriculture (Safety Health and Welfare Provisions Act 1956. Section 3(10)
6 & 7 Eliz. 2. c. 71. The Agriculture Act 1958. Section 2.")

80 Page 43, line 14, column 3, leave out ("to "1967" ") and insert ("onwards")

81 Page 43, line 18, column 3, at end insert (", and in Case EI the word "appropriate", in the first two places where it occurs, and the words from "In this Case" onwards.")

82 Page 43, line 23, column 3, leave out ("paragraph 5(2)") and insert ("paragraphs 1(2) and (6) and 5(2), and in paragraph 5(3) the words from "for "section 25(1)" "to" and".")

83 Schedule 5, page 44, line I, after second ("Act") insert ("—

  1. (a) subsection (5) shall, in relation to any time before the commencement of this Act, have effect with the substitution for the words from "as a result" to "grant or assignment" of the words "the holding or a related holding became let under a new tenancy thereof granted by the landlord, with the agreement of the outgoing tenant, to a person who, if the outgoing tenant had died immediately before the grant,"; and
  2. (b)")

84 Page 44, leave out lines 8 to 14.

85 Page 44, line 31, at end insert— ("(bb) subsection (6A) applies to notices to quit given after the commencement of that subsection, but does not affect any such notice which took effect before the date on which this Act is passed;")

86 Page 46, line 5, at end insert—

("Forms for arbitrations

13A. Any form specified in pursuance of paragraph 15 or 27 of Schedule 6 to the 1948 Act and in force immediately before the commencement of this Act shall have effect as if prescribed by an order under section 77 of that Act, as amended by paragraph I 8A of Schedule 3 to this Act, and may be varied or revoked accordingly.")

87 Page 46, line 7, at beginning, insert— (".—(1) In paragraph 1 (1A) of Schedule 6 to the 1948 Act, as amended by paragraph 28(2) of Schedule 3 to this Act, the reference to an application which is referable to a demand for arbitration made under section 8 of that Act shall not extend to an application made before the commencement of this Act. (2)")

Lord Belstead

My Lords, I beg to move that this House doth agree with the Commons in their Amendments Nos. 75 to 87 en bloc. These amendments are consequential on Amendment No, 17, to which I have already spoken. I therefore beg to move.

Moved, That this House doth agree with the Commons in the said amendments.—(Lord Belstead)

Lord John-Mackie

My Lords, I wish to make the point that along with the Bill I received some corrections to the Bill. One of the corrections states: Page 20, line 14, "the" should read "his". I have a family of two girls who do not like the word "his", but would prefer "his or hers".

Lord Northfield

My Lords, before we part with these Commons Amendments I should like to ask the Minister whether he is now satisfied that in the proceedings in another place all the points we talked about but could not finally draft, or agree upon terms of drafting, have now been picked up in the Commons? There were so many under the heading of eligibility, retirement, and so on, where we were breaking new ground that I must confess that at the end of the proceedings I was not sure whether we had finally buttoned everything up. Is the Minister fairly happy to say that everything was picked up, so far as he now knows?

Lord Belstead

The answer, my Lords, particularly on retirement and eligibility, is that there is no question about it. I think the noble Lord will have recognised the points as we have been going through the list. I think that all the points that the Goverment expected would be picked up were indeed picked up. In addition to those two areas, there is the matter of the rent formula. We have discussed this already and I think the noble Lord will feel that another place gave their view and that view we have now agreed with.

My answer to the noble Lord, Lord John-Mackie is that I have always been told that when "his" instead of "hers" is used, or "he" instead of "she", under the Interpretation Act of the last century the masculine embraces the feminine.

Lord Middleton

Before we finish, may I from this side of the House add my comments to those of the noble Lord, Lord Northfield, who, a few minutes ago, expressed gratitude for the drafting work done in respect of Clause 3 and its related schedule. The agricultural industry as a whole should be grateful to the noble Lord, to his department and to the draftsmen for the immense amount of work that has gone into the drafting of the whole of the Bill and the very many amendments. It is enough to ask for certain things to be put into a Bill, but it is quite another issue to express those matters properly in legal form. The great length and the complexity of these amendments are sufficient witness.

Lord Belstead

My Lords, I should like to express my thanks to all noble Lords for taking part in this final stage—I trust it is the final stage—in your Lordships' House. I thank my noble friend Lord Middleton for what he has said. His words will be appreciated by those who have worked officially on this comparatively short but extremely complicated Bill.

On Question, Motion agreed to: Bill returned to the Commons.

The Earl of Swinton

My Lords, I beg to move that this House do now adjourn during pleasure until half past eight.

Moved accordingly, and, on Question, Motion agreed to.

[The Sitting was suspended from 8.11 to 8.30 p.m.]