Repeals

Schedule 6 – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17th July 1973.

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Lords Amendment: No. 9, in page 36, line 20, column 3, at end insert: and the words" and pending proceedings".

Photo of Mr David Howell Mr David Howell , Guildford

I beg to move, That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said amendment.

Photo of Mr Selwyn Lloyd Mr Selwyn Lloyd , Wirral

With this we are taking also the following Lords Amendments:

No. 10, in page 39, column 3, leave out lines 8 to 10 and insert: The whole Act, so far as unrepealed.

No. 11, in page 39, line 27, column 3, at end insert: In section 14(3) the words" "or in section two of the Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1945".

No. 12, in page 41, line 10, column 3, at end insert: In section 12(7) the words from "but" onwards.

No. 13, in page 41, line 40, column 3, at end insert: In Schedule 1, in Part III, the words "Crown Solicitor in Northern Ireland", "Speaker of the Senate or House of Commons of Northern Ireland" and "Standing Counsel to the Speaker of the Senate or House of Commons of Northern Ireland".

No. 14, in page 42, column 3, leave out line 16 and insert: subsection (3), in subsection (4) the words "giving or" and subsection (12).

No. 15, in page 47, line 11, column 3, at end insert "Section 18(3)."

No. 16, in page 49, line 47, column 3, at end insert: In section 29(1) the definition of" the Attorney General".

Photo of Mr David Howell Mr David Howell , Guildford

These amendments simply tidy up the various items in the extensive list of repeals in the schedule.

Photo of Mr Rafton Pounder Mr Rafton Pounder , Belfast South

When we were considering these matters earlier there arose a point in connection with the repeal of a previous item of legislation which affected the Queen's University in Belfast. I understood that at one stage it was intended that the matter should be the subject of an amendment in another place, but, for technical reasons which my hon. Friend the Minister of State has made clear to me, that has not been possible.

All I wish to do now is to get on record that Queen's University, with which I have been in touch today, is perfectly happy with the situation in the Bill and hopes that the Government will expedite the new charter which it is seeking. I thank my hon. Friend for the help he gave in the matter.

Photo of Mr David Howell Mr David Howell , Guildford

I am grateful to my hon. Friend. It is true that the Government had hoped to be able to rewrite the part of the schedule to which he refers in a way in which the matter could be incorporated in the Bill, but that has not proved possible as there is apparently no way of protecting Queen's University without running the grave risk of making the Bill hybrid, which would be extremely serious and would have delayed the Bill's passage through this House and another place.

In those circumstances we have been obliged to omit any reference to Queen's University. As my hon. Friend clearly accepts, and has established for himself, the university has nothing to fear. I am certain that the Northern Ireland Assembly would not wish to legislate against its interests. The university is seeking a new charter which will give it all the protection it needs. It must be hoped that everything will be done to expedite the achievement of that charter.

Question put and agreed to.

Subsequent Lords Amendments agreed to.