§ 47 Schedule 12, page 99, line 16, at end insert—
|"section 23(1)(a), (2)(a) and (3).||Interim relief and protective measures in cases of doubtful jurisdiction."|
§ The Lord Chancellor
My Lords, I beg to move that this House doth agree with the Commons in their Amendment No. 47. I will speak, if I may, to No. 52 in addition to No. 47. These amendments ensure that Clause 23, so far as applicable, and Clause 37, will come into force six weeks after Royal Assent instead of on a date to be appointed. Clause 23 is primarily concerned to ensure that our courts may grant interim relief such as a quia timet injunction pending a reference to the European Court. As your Lordships will remember, it was introduced into this House as a result of a proposal made by the noble Viscount, Lord Bledisloe. Generally, it will not apply until the 1968 convention itself comes into force for the United Kingdom. However, the clause refers also to domestic appeals and may be useful in those cases straight away. Clause 37 makes a minor amendment to the Protection of Trading Interests Act 1980 which was also introduced into this House, which can similarly be brought into force without delay.
§ Moved, That this House doth agree with the Commons in the said amendment. (The Lord Chancellor.)
§ On Question, Motion agreed to.