HL Deb 21 March 1988 vol 495 c11

Read a third time.

Lord Newall

My Lords, I beg to move that the Bill do now pass.

Moved, That the Bill do now pass.—(Lord Newall.)

The Earl of Arran

My Lords, it falls to me on this occasion to compliment my noble friend Lord Newall on steering his Bill thus far. I am grateful to him for withdrawing at Report stage his proposed amendment that my right honourable friend the Home Secretary should be empowered by order further to vary the amount which the operators of greyhound tracks may charge bookmakers. The Bill is itself now confined, as introduced, to varying that amount. On Second Reading and in Committee I explained that we are not opposed in principle to such a measure. For completeness I had to add that we understand that the Bill does not enjoy the agreement of the bookmakers, which may be thought to be a necessary ingredient. But it does address a real issue. Whether the solution it proposes is the right one is a question for Parliament to judge. We will watch its progress in another place with interest.

Lord Newall

My Lords, I am grateful to my noble friend. We have had some interesting and useful exchanges and I am grateful to him and to the Opposition for their support.

On Question, Bill passed, and sent to the Commons.