§ 3.19 p.m.
§ Read a third time.
§ Moved, That the Bill do now pass.—(The Lord Chancellor.)
§ Lord Carter
My Lords, I should like to say just a few words because it gives me the opportunity to thank the noble and learned Lord for the very helpful way in which he has conducted the Bill. A number of detailed points were raised at Second Reading but the very full explanation which he gave when he replied to the debate meant that we did not need a Committee stage.
I am also extremely grateful to the noble and learned Lord for the meeting arranged with officials before the Second Reading of the Bill. At Second Reading we said that our hope was for the Bill to have a speedy passage through the House. The courteous and helpful way in which the noble and learned Lord the Lord Chancellor handled the Bill has helped to achieve that. We certainly wish the Bill well as it goes to another place.
§ The Lord Chancellor
My Lords, I am extremely grateful to the noble Lord for what he said. I should like to reciprocate his thanks and extend them to other noble Lords who took part in the Second Reading of the Bill. We had a very full discussion which enabled us to avoid the need for the Committee and Report stages. I hope that the Bill will have a speedy passage through the other place.
On Question, Bill passed, and sent to the Commons.