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

On that point of order. If we proceed to the Third Reading, the House will be dealing with a Bill without any sensible part in it—the operative part would have been taken out. You said on the Report stage, for instance, that if the Amendments to the Schedule were all carried, quite obviously that would defeat the Bill and that would be that. By analogy, exactly the same has happened. The House has made a decision on Report stage. It is not just a case of having a Bill without a decision; the House has made a decision. The decision is that the words in the Bill from line 10 to line 22 shall be taken out. Therefore, the House has formed its opinion and registered its opinion on the words that were in lines 10 to 22, and they have been deleted.

The House has also refused to adopt the compromise proposal which we on this side put forward. Therefore, what it has done is to reject the compromise proposal and to reject the alteration to the Bill. The result is that what the House has done on Report stage is exactly the same as it would have been if it had rejected all the items in the Schedule separately, and that is to reject the Bill altogether. Therefore, to allow it to go forward further now, the House having registered its view to the effect that the Bill should not go forward, would be contrary to the purposes of the House and would defeat the views registered by the House.