Clause 7. — (Short title, construction and extent.)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons on 19th November 1931.

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Photo of Mr Walter Runciman Mr Walter Runciman , St Ives

Anyone who has sat through the discussions on this Bill in its earlier stage or in the Committee stage must have realised how fully the House has co-operated in framing the Bill which now is to take legislative form. We have had delivered here during the last few days a long series of maiden speeches. New points of view have been put to the House in a new way and with new vigour. If I may be allowed to say of the official Opposition, they have also contributed their part in our discussions without any evidence of obstruction. I would express the gratitude of the Government for that fact. I would like also to add that the whole sittings appear to me to have been within the best traditions of our ancient House. Now we have come to the last stage here, and with great rapidity have passed this Bill through all its various stages. It will go to the Upper House to-night; it will be unaltered there for the Parliament Act takes good care of that. It will receive the Royal Assent to-morrow. It will be put into operation. There will be no time lost in using the powers which have been conferred.