Education Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 22nd April 1970.

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Photo of Dr Horace King Dr Horace King , Southampton, Itchen 12:00 am, 22nd April 1970

With respect, the hon. Lady must not put words into the mouth of Mr. Speaker. I have read the three precedents to which she referred, including the operation of the Marriage with a Deceased Wife's Sister Bill, 1902, and I carefully and categorically ruled on her point about the clarity of the Instruction.

I repeat that the Instruction is permissive. It gives the Committee power to insert in the Bill provisions with a like effect to Clause 1 of the Education Bill, to which it disagreed. I think that the Committee can interpret that Instruction if it is given quite clearly. I cannot rule it out of order on the ground that it is not sufficiently specific.