Mr Douglas Clifton Brown: I regret to have to inform the House of the death of Eric Martin Smith, Esq., Member for Grantham, and I desire on behalf of the House to express our sense of the loss we have sustained and our sympathy with the relatives of the honourable Member.
Mr Douglas Clifton Brown: As there is a minute or two before Black Rod comes, perhaps I might be allowed to say that, not knowing that anything was going to be said in the House of Commons about the King's illness, I, without authority, I admit, wrote to the King's Private Secretary and said that I thought it would be the wish of the present House of Commons to express sympathy with the Queen in the King's illness. I...
Mr Douglas Clifton Brown: I have to acquaint the House that the House has been to the House of Peers, where a Commission under the Great Seal was read. The Lord High Chancellor, being one of the High Commissioners, delivered His Majesty's Most Gracious Speech to both Houses of Parliament, in pursuance of His Majesty's Commands as follows:
Mr Douglas Clifton Brown: I suppose that that is so, but we had better get on to the next Question.
Mr Douglas Clifton Brown: I gather that the Minister of Labour wishes to answer Question No. 82.
Mr Douglas Clifton Brown: Mr. Gammans.
Mr Douglas Clifton Brown: It has nothing to do with me. I have no power whatsoever. I cannot help it.
Mr Douglas Clifton Brown: Yes. I have not heard the debate, but one is entitled to disagree with the Report of the Committee.
Mr Douglas Clifton Brown: The hon. Member will want to know, and I shall want to know.
Mr Douglas Clifton Brown: I deprecate too many interruptions. We have exactly one hour remaining before the final speeches start.
Mr Douglas Clifton Brown: I think it would be proper to take the Amendments one by one, so that Members who wish can raise points on them.
Mr Douglas Clifton Brown: I did not call on the hon. Member to move his Amendment because I regarded it as a negative and did not select it. I think he might talk on the Lords Amendment, but not move his Amendment to it.
Mr Douglas Clifton Brown: The hon. Member has lost his right to talk on this Lords Amendment by seconding the Amendment to it.
Mr Douglas Clifton Brown: I should like to say that I was in error with the hon. Member for Rossendale (Mr. Anthony Greenwood). He had not spoken to the Question that I put; he had merely spoken to the Amendment, and therefore he has his right to speak.
Mr Douglas Clifton Brown: If it is convenient to hon. Members, I propose to take the Clauses in groups.
Mr Douglas Clifton Brown: This Measure is purely a consolidation Bill; it consolidates existing law.
Mr Douglas Clifton Brown: I understand that if there is any specific question the Attorney-General is in a position to deal with it, but I do not see how there can be on a Bill which merely consolidates the existing law.
Mr Douglas Clifton Brown: Not in the least. Question put, and agreed to.
Mr Douglas Clifton Brown: This also is a consolidation Bill and I will, with the agreement of the Committee, take the Clauses in groups.
Mr Douglas Clifton Brown: Neither of those questions really arises.