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 William Hall Mr William Hall , Colne Valley 12:00 am, 11th July 1952

It will be within your recollection, Mr. Speaker, that the fault for the muddle does not lie on this side of the House. We on this side tried very hard to get hon. and right hon. Gentlemen opposite to accept a reasoned and, as we thought, a very proper Amendment. They refused to do so, and even when the opportunity came to them to put in the proposed words instead of those which the House in its wisdom had deleted, the other side still voted against them. Therefore, the wrecking of the Bill and the fact that it is now nothing more than a piece of nonsense, is due entirely to Members on that side of the House. That being so, would it not be unfair if the House now invited another place to make good what has happened and to reverse the decision of the House today?