HL Deb 15 November 1976 vol 377 cc997-8

Page 4, line 13, leave out subsections (3) to (7).

17 The Commons disagreed to this Amendment for the following Reason:

18 Becase they would exclude areas within which work should be capable of being considered for classification, Mr. Speaker having cast his vote to retain the Bill in the form in which it left the Commons.


My Lords, I beg to move that this House doth not insist on their Amendment No. 17 to which the Commons have disagreed for the Reason numbered 18.


May I formally inquire whether there is a misprint in relation to this Amendment at the top of page 2 of the manuscript document where, with regard to the order it says that it should be approved by a resolution of the House? It seems to me that perhaps there is a misprint there and it should read "both Houses".


Yes, my Lords, instead of "the", the word, "each" should be inserted. I shall have something further to say in relation to a substitute Amendment.

Moved, That this House doth not insist on their Amendment numbered 17 to which the Commons have disagreed for the Reason numbered 18.—(Lord Oram.)


My Lords, I am afraid that that will not do. I said that we were in considerable confusion and now here we are. The fact of the matter is that we have to have at least four bits of paper in front of us. One is the Commons list of our Amendments labelled at the bottom "Bill 248". Without that, you cannot tell exactly what the Commons have done with their agreed Amendments. Then you have to have the list with the figure 382 at the bottom left-hand corner which, up to this moment, we have been running through in sequence. Now, for the first time, we come to the additional Motion and Amendments proposed by the Government, tabled only this morning for us to consider, the first one of which requires a manuscript Amendment before we can deal with it. If the noble Lord would move his manuscript Amendment, then I think we would be in order.


My Lords, I think the necessary step first is that the Motion that I have just moved should be accepted by your Lordships before we get on to a consideration of the Amendment and the manuscript Amendment to which the noble Lord has referred.

On Question, Motion agreed to.


My Lords, I beg to move a manuscript Amendment to the Amendment: Subsection (5), leave out the second "the", and insert "each".

On Question, Amendment to the Amendment agreed to.