Orders of the Day — National Assistance Act, 1948 (Amendment) Bill

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 6th December 1957.

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Order for Second Reading read.

3.58 p.m.

Photo of Miss Joan Vickers Miss Joan Vickers , Plymouth, Devonport

I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time.

I move this Motion, Mr. Speaker, in the absence of the hon. Member for Accrington (Mr. H. Hynd), who, unfortunately, is unable to be present. The Bill is in almost all respects exactly the same as the Bill which received Second Reading last Session and went through Committee in less than 20 minutes. Unfortunately, it did not reach the Floor of the House again in that Session.

The only difference between the Bill and the Bill of last Session is the words: and other services in the Long Title. These words are inserted to cover recreational and other services, so as to enable them to be provided for old people.

For those reasons, I suggest that the Bill should be given a Second Reading so that these added words may be further debated by the House. The hon. Member for Accrington informs me that the three words to which I have referred are acceptable to the mover of the original Bill. I should, therefore, be very grateful if the Bill could receive an unopposed Second Reading.

3.58 p.m.

Photo of Sir Eric Errington Sir Eric Errington , Aldershot

From what has been said by my hon. Friend the Member for Plymouth, Devonport (Miss Vickers). I cannot understand exactly what the position is. My hon. Friend spoke of chiropody services and I cannot follow whether they come within the terms of the Bill, or whether it is something which is proposed to be added in future. As I see the position, local authorities, if this Bill becomes an Act—

It being Four o'clock, the debate stood adjourned.

Debate to be resumed upon Friday next.