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Clause 12—(Pool Betting Duty)

Volume 476: debated on Wednesday 14 June 1950

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I beg to move, in page 9, line 36, after "December" to insert "1947."

The wording here is:
"… the substitution for references to the twenty-eighth day of December and the fourth day of January, nineteen hundred and forty-eight."
It is obvious that it must be December, 1947, if January is in 1948. This is merely a misprint.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.

6.30 a.m.

I beg to move, "That the Committee do report Progress and ask leave to sit again."

I think we have got on a little better since we last discussed this Motion. It was always quite obvious to anybody who studied the position that we should do so. I am inclined now to think that the Committee would no longer fall into the definition of "live entertainment" set out in Clause 11. In those circumstances I should like to press my Motion to report Progress.

We have indeed, after that little period which so often occurs in all-night sittings about 5 o'clock, made very considerable progress. I appreciate that Clause 13 is one of the major points of the Bill and I think that probably my hon. Friends on this side as well as hon. Members on the other side would wish that we should have the fullest opportunity of considering Clause 13 in the refreshed atmosphere of this afternoon. We therefore are prepared to accept the Motion and we hope that if we make this gracious gesture at this stage we shall have great co-operation in getting the rest of the Bill through in the four days that still lie ahead of us.

Question put and agreed to.

Committee report Progress; to sit again this day.