§ 5.54 p.m.
§ Moved, That the Report be now received.—(Lord Pargiter.)
§ On Question, Motion agreed to, and Report received accordingly.1596
§ Then, Standing Order No. 41 having been dispensed with (pursuant to the Resolution of October 15, 1969), Bill read 3a, with the Amendment.
§ LORD PARGITER
My Lords, I beg to move that this Bill do now pass. I should like to thank the Government for the help the Department have given to the progress of this Bill, and thank the House for the way in which it has received it. I would also express my thanks to the noble Lord, Lord Drumalbyn, for his helpful Amendment which has clarified the Bill. I beg to move.
§ Moved, That the Bill do now pass.—(Lord Pargiter.)1597
§ LORD DRUMALBYN
My Lords, I should like to congratulate the noble Lord on getting this Bill through, and also congratulate Mr. David Watkins, the original sponsor, for having introduced it. When the case history of this Bill is looked into, I think it will be considered to be of considerable historical interest. It has been a most unusual case history, almost as unusual as the case history of the matter we have just been dealing with in this House. I am much obliged to the noble Baroness, Lady Phillips, and to the Department of Social Security, who have given me a great deal of help in this matter, as well as to the noble Lord, Lord Pargiter. We have been able to get the Bill through in the most difficult of circumstances with considerable advantage to aft concerned, because we have been able to clarify to the public what the Bill really means. It now rests with the Government to make all the regulations.
§ On Question, Bill passed, and returned to the Commons.