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 Reginald Manningham-Buller Mr Reginald Manningham-Buller , Northamptonshire South 12:00 am, 11th July 1952

Surely one is entitled to draw this inference—and I do not want to make any party point—that the House first of all voted on the first Amendment and there was a majority to leave the word "for" in the Bill. I refer to that only as part of history. Then there were two Divisions, one with a majority for leaving words out and the next with a majority against the proposed words being inserted. I certainly make no comment on the present form of the Bill, but if it goes to another place in this form, surely it will be open to Members of another place to try to find a form of words acceptable to the whole of this House or to a majority of it. But whatever they do, the right hon. Member for Colne Valley (Mr. Glenvil Hall) would not be right in his contention, for whatever they propose to put into the Bill, the Bill will come back to this House.