Clause 10. — (Extracts from Parliamentary Reports.)

Part of Orders of the Day — Defamation (Amendment) Bill – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th June 1952.

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Photo of Mr Charles Hale Mr Charles Hale , Oldham West 12:00 am, 27th June 1952

My hon. and learned Friend the Member for Hornchurch (Mr. Bing) did not tell me that he was going to take half a day off today, and I have had to make the best case I could in his absence. I presented it in the best way I possibly could but, because the Attorney-General has written me a personal note on a point of substance which I only received this morning, I could not therefore deal with it. I could not delegate delegatus non potest delegare, It was a question of taste, and the hon. Member knows de gustibus non est disputandum, and, on the whole, I came to the conclusion that it was a case of de minimis non curat lex.