§ Clause 2, page 1, line 11, after ("England") insert ("for the time being, and of")
§ Clause 2, Page 1, line 24, after ("Majesty") insert ("by that House").
Clause 3, page 2, line 6, at the beginning of the clause insert:
(1) Every indietment shall contain, and shall be sufficient if it contains, a statement of the specific offence or offences with which the accused person is charged, together with such particulars as may be necessary for giving reasonable information as to the nature of the charge.
§ Clause 6, page 3, line 29, leave out ("for") and insert ("as to")
§ Clause 6, page 3, line 32, after ("being") insert ("materially").
§ Clause 9, page 4, line 24, leave out ("March") and insert ("April")
§ Schedules, page 5, line 18, leave out ("upon oath"), and after ("jury") insert ("And the foreman of the grand jury shall write his initials against the name of each witness so examined")
§ Schedules, page 5, line 20, leave out ("paragraphs (2) and (3) of")
§ Schedules, page 6, line 27, leave out ("in figures")
Schedules, page 8, line 7, after ("drunkard") insert ("as the case may be") after line 8 insert—
12. Nothing in these rules or in any rules made under section two of this Act shall affect provisions of subsection (4) of section thirty-two of the Children Act, 1908.
§ Schedules, page 8, line 23, after ("1915") insert ("and these rules, together with any rules made under section two of this Act, may be cited together by such collective titles as may be prescribed by the last-mentioned rules")
§ Schedules, page 9, line 15, before ("killed") insert ("unlawfully")
§ Schedules, page 10, line 13, leave out ("on") and insert ("between the day of and")
§ Schedules, page 16, line 3, leave out the third ("and") and insert ("or")
§ Schedules, page 18, line 35, after ("indictment") insert ("and the foreman of such grand jury shall write his initials against the name of each witness so sworn and examined touching such bill of indictment")
§ Schedules, page 19, line 29, leave out ("and") and insert ("or").
§ THE LORD CHANCELLOR (LORD BUCKMASTER)
My Lords, I move that your Lordships agree to the Commons Amendments to this Bill. Your Lordships may remember that when the Bill was introduced I pointed out that it resulted from the labours of the Joint Committee of both Houses appointed to consider the consolidation of the Criminal Law. This House passed the Bill and it was sent down to another place, where certain Amendments have been proposed. I have been carefully through these Amendments, 768 and with only one exception they are either trivial or else Amendments of drafting. The one exception is an Amendment proposed to Clause 3, and that is an Amendment which I think strengthens the provisions of the Bill in favour of the person accused by the Crown. As the Bill passed your Lordships' House Clause 3 was in these terms—Notwithstanding any rule of law or practice, an indictment shall, subject to the provisions of this Act, not be Open to objection in respect of its form or contents if it is framed in accordance with the rules under this Act.Your Lordships will see that the Commons Amendment defines the character of the indictment, and states what it must contain in order to comply with the provisions of the Statute; and then follows the clause as it originally stood. I hope your Lordships will agree to the Commons Amendments.
§ Moved, That this House do agree with the Commons in the said Amendments.—(The Lord Chancellor.)
§ On Question, Motion agreed to.