§ Bill read 3a (according to Order).
§ LORD ALVERSTONE
My Lords, there is a small Amendment in this Bill 497 which I desire to make. I have carefully considered the observations which were made by the noble and learned Lord on the Woolsack on the Second Reading of this Bill, and as it is vitally important, in the interests of the Court of Criminal Appeal, that the Bill should pass as soon as possible, I propose to modify Clause 2 by striking out the words after "1907," and inserting words to provide that from and after this date the Master of the Crown Office shall be the registrar of the Court; of Criminal Appeal. That will avoid all question of future officers.
THE LORD CHANCELLOR (Lord; LOREBURN)
I think the proposed Amendment meets the criticism which I offered to Clause 2 of the Bill as it stood, and I, therefore, gladly extend approval to the Amendment.
§ Amendment made, and Bill passed, and sent to the Commons.