Orders of the Day — Clause 1. — (Transfer of Burden of Proof in Certain Cases.)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 11th July 1952.

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Photo of Mr Lynn Ungoed-Thomas Mr Lynn Ungoed-Thomas , Leicester North East 12:00 am, 11th July 1952

Yes, I know that. I am sorry that the hon. and learned Gentleman was not here when I made my opening observations. We have been pressed that it is a Private Member's Bill and a non-party Measure. My right hon. Friend pointed out with some force that the only Acts included in the Schedule are Acts passed by the Labour Government. I have not the slightest doubt that if the Government and the Solicitor-General would give merely the slightest indication to the hon. Member for Altrincham and Sale that the Amendment was acceptable to the Government there would be no difficulty in getting the hon. Member to accept it.

I suggest that the compromise proposal which we are putting forward should be accepted by the Government. That would mean that the Bill could go through today as a consent Measure involving everybody in a certain amount of give and take. I am sorry that the Solicitor-General was not here when I made my observations, because I am sure he would give consideration to them. I hope it may still be possible for him to accept the Amendment which we put down in the hope that it would be accepted as a compromise proposal.