§ The Lord Chancellor
My Lords, I beg to move that this Bill be now read a second time.
The Bill consolidates the law relating to the Health Service Commissioner for England and Wales and the law relating to the Health Service Commissioner for Scotland. Work is continuing on separate consolidations of the rest of the health service legislation for England and Wales and for Scotland. For convenience these provisions relating to the health service commissioners have been separated off to form this single Bill for Great Britain.
The Bill contains a number of minor technical amendments to give effect to recommendations of the Law Commission and the Scottish Law Commission which are necessary to produce a satisfactory consolidation. The amendments are contained in the joint report of the two commissions. Once again I am sure that I speak for your Lordships in expressing appreciation for the work of the commissions and of the draftsman in producing the Bill.
If your Lordships are content to give the Bill a Second Reading, it will be referred in the usual way to the Joint Committee on Consolidation Bills. I beg to move.
591 Moved. That the Bill be now read a second time. —(The Lord Chancellor.)
On Question, Bill read a second time, and referred to the Joint Committee on Consolidation Bills.