RATING (CHARITY SHOPS) BILL [Lords]

Clause 70 – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 8th July 1976.

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Order for Second Reading read.

Motion made, and Question put forth-with pursuant to Standing Order No. 66, That the Bill be now read a Second time.

Question agreed to.

Bill accordingly read a Second time.

Photo of Mr John Page Mr John Page , Harrow West

If hon. Members opposite will hear me out in silence, I shall take less than 15 seconds.

I did not have the opportunity of serving on the Standing Committee. I have been in the Chamber throughout the debate and during the whole of last night. Every speech I have heard from my Front Bench and hon. Friends and every speech I have heard in reply from the Government has convinced me that the Bill will do more harm than good and is a total insult to the British people.

Question put, That the Bill be now read the Third time:—

The House divided: Ayes 82, Noes 3.

Bill committed to a Standing Committee pursuant to Standing Order No. 40 (Committal of Bills).