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 Major Geoffrey Bing Major Geoffrey Bing , Hornchurch 12:00 am, 27th June 1952

Because I do not want to be like a late Member who always used to dream that he was addressing the House, looked around, saw all the Members yawning, and then woke up to find that he was.

In these circumstances, I apologise for being late. As I understand, the only argument adduced was that the Stationery Office have not offered an opinion. It would, of course, be improper for me to canvass the views of the permanent officials of these bodies, and I hope that in the circumstances the Attorney-General will reconsider the Amendment and leave the Clause in the Bill.