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Private Members' Bills Presented

Volume 480: debated on Friday 17 November 1950

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Fraudulent Mediums Bill

"to repeal the Witchcraft Act, 1735, and to make, in substitution for certain provisions of section four of the Vagrancy Act, 1824, express provision for the punishment of persons who fraudulently purport to act as spiritualistic mediums or to exercise powers of telepathy, clairvoyance or other similar powers," presented by Mr. Monslow; supported by Mr. Thomas Brooks, Mr. Blyton, Mr. S. O. Davies, Mr. Grey, Mr. Glenvil Hall, Mr. Lang, Mr. McGovern, Mr. Murray, Mr. George Rogers, Mr. Sydney Silverman and Mr. Viant; read the First time; to be read a Second time upon Friday, 1st December, and to be printed. [Bill 18.]

New Streets Bill

"to secure the satisfactory construction, lighting, sewerage, furnishing and completion of streets adjacent to new buildings; to provide for the approval of such streets by local authorities; to make such approval a condition of certain licences and permissions, and to oblige and empower local authorities to adopt streets so approved," presented by Mr. Kinley; supported by Mr. Mitchison; read the First time; to be read a Second time upon Friday, 26th January, and to be printed. [Bill 19.]

Common Informers Bill

"to abolish the common informer procedure," presented by Mr. Lionel Heald; supported by Mr. Russell, Mr. Hylton-Foster, Mr. Peter Thorneycroft, Mr. Gilbert Longden, Mr. Reader Harris and Mr. Hopkin Morris; read the First time; to be read a Second time upon Friday, 9th February, and to be printed. [Bill 20.]

Transport (Amendment) Bill

"to amend the provisions of the Transport Act, 1947, with regard to the transport of goods by road," presented by Mr. Bevins; supported by Mr. Peter Thorneycroft, Mr. Geoffrey Wilson, Mr. McAdden, Mr. Wade, Mr. Macdonald, Mr. Kenneth Thompson, Mr. David Renton and Mr. Vosper: read the First time; to be read a Second time upon Friday, 23rd February, and to be printed. [Bill 21.]

Matrimonial Causes Bill

"to amend the law relating to divorce in cases in which the parties have lived separately for a period of not less than seven years," presented by Mrs. Eirene White; supported by Mr. Martin Lindsay, Mr. Hopkin Morris, Lieutenant-Colonel Lipton, Mrs. Ganley, Mrs. Hill, Mr. Mikardo, Miss Burton and Mr. Paton; read the First time; to be read a Second time upon Friday, 9th March, and to be printed. [Bill 22.]

Pet Animals Bill

"to regulate the sale of pet animals," presented by Mr. Russell; supported by Mrs. Hill, Mr. Anthony Greenwood, Mr. George Craddock, Mr. H. Hynd, Mr. Alport, Captain Orr, Viscountess Davidson, Miss Ward, Mr. Vaughan-Morgan, Mr. Angus Maude and Mr. Gilbert Longden; read the First time; to be read a Second time upon Friday, 6th April, and to be printed. [Bill 23.]

Trade Union Bill

"to prohibit local and other public authorities from making membership or non-membership of a trade union a condition of employment or of continuance in employment," presented by Mr. Nigel Davies; supported by Mr. Peter Thorneycroft; read the First time; to be read a Second time upon Friday, 6th April, and to be printed. [Bill 24.]

Deserted Wives Bill

"to give power to the courts to transfer the statutory tenancy of a dwelling to a deserted wife and to apportion the chattels," presented by Mrs. Hill: supported by Miss Ward, Viscountess Davidson and Mrs. Corbet; read the First time; to be read a Second time upon Friday, 26th January, and to be printed. [Bill 25.]

Hill Farming Bill

"to amend section ten of the Hill Farming Act, 1946, and for purposes connected therewith," presented by Major McCallum; supported by Mr. Snadden, Mr. Vane, Lord Malcolm Douglas-Hamilton, Mr. Donald Scott and Mr. Turton; read the First time; to be read a Second time upon Friday, 1st December, and to be printed. [Bill 26.]

Gas Undertakings (Scotland) Bill

"to set up in Scotland a Central Gas Council directly responsible to the Secretary of State with powers subject to his consent to redraw the areas of supply; to transfer to local authorities gas undertakings in their area by mutual arrangement; and in other respects to reorganise the gas industry in Scotland," presented by Colonel J. R. H. Hutchison; supported by Mr. Galbraith, Lieut.-Colonel Elliot, Mr. McKie, Sir David Robertson, Mr. Heathcoat Amory and Lord Dunglass; read the First time; to be read a Second time upon Friday, 9th March, and to be printed. [Bill 27.]

Rivers (Prevention Of Pollution) (Scotland) Bill

"to make new provision for maintaining or restoring the wholesomeness of the rivers and other inland or coastal waters of Scotland in place of the Rivers Pollution Prevention Act, 1876, and certain other enactments," presented by Mr. McKie; supported by Mr. T. G. D. Galbraith, Lord John Hope and Lieut.-Colonel Elliot; read the First time; to be read a Second time upon Friday, 23rd February, and to be printed. [Bill 28.]

Representation Of The People (Amendment) (No 1) Bill

"to amend section eighty-eight of the Representation of the People Act, 1949, with regard to the use of motor vehicles for conveying electors to the poll," presented by Mr. Marples; supported by Mr. Spearman; read the First time; to be read a Second time upon Friday, 9th February, and to be printed. [Bill 29.]

Security Of Employment (Service Contracts) Bill

"to entitle certain wage earners to a statement setting out the conditions of their employment and the terms upon which, if their employment is terminated, they shall be compensated," presented by Mr. John Rodgers; supported by Mr. Edward Heath, Mr. Robert Carr, Mr. A. R. W. Low, Mr. Iain MacLeod, Mr. Angus Maude and Mr. Peter Thorneycroft; read the First time; to be read a Second time upon Friday, 9th February, and to be printed. [Bill 30.]

Public Bodies (Admission Of Press) Bill

"to provide for the admission of the Press to the meetings of certain bodies exercising public functions; and for related purposes," presented by Mr. Martin Lindsay; supported by Mr. John Hay; read the First time; to be read a Second time upon Friday, 23rd February, and to be printed. [Bill 31.]

Slaughter Of Animals (Amendment) Bill

"to extend the provisions of the Slaughter of Animals Act, 1933, and implement certain recommendations of the Departmental Committee on the export and slaughter of horses," presented by Mr. Arthur Colegate; sub-ported by Mr. John Hay, Mr. Sutcliffe, Mr. George Craddock and Mr. H. Hynd; read the First time; to be read a Second time upon Friday, 26th January, and to be printed. [Bill 32.]

Colour Bar Bill

"to make illegal any discrimination to the detriment of any person on the basis of colour or race," presented by Mr. Sorensen; supported by Mrs. Ganley, Mr. Dryden Brook, Mr. Douglas Houghton, Mr. Pannell, Mr. Harry Wallace, Mr. Holman, Mr. Michael Foot, Mr. Arthur Allen, Mr. George Jeger, Mr. George Craddock and Mr. Emrys Hughes; read the First time; to be read a Second time upon Friday, 6th April, and to be printed. [Bill 33.]

Representation Of The People (Amendment) (No 2) Bill

"to amend the provisions of the Representation of the People Act, 1949," presented by Captain Orr; supported by Professor Savory; read the First time; to be read a Second time upon Friday, 1st December, and to be printed. [Bill 34.]

Fireworks Bill

"to confer powers of seizure where dangerous fireworks are found, and powers to determine or amend licences or certificates for explosives factories where fireworks are made, and to amend the law relating to licences for small firework factories; and for purposes connected with the matters aforesaid," presented by Mr. Moyle; supported by Miss Burton, Mr. Hopkin Morris, Mr. Harry Wallace, Mr. Butcher, Mr. Mellish, Dr. Broughton, Mr. Pargiter, Mr. Cocks, Dr. Barnett Stross, Surgeon Lieut.-Commander Bennett and Mr. Derek Walker-Smith; read the First time; to be read a Second time upon Friday, 9th March, and to be printed. [Bill 35.]

National Insurance (Amendment) Bill

"to amend certain provisions of the National Insurance Act, 1946," presented by Mr. Gilbert Longden; supported by Mr. Fort; read the First time; to be read a Second time upon Friday, 9th February, and to be printed. [Bill 36.]

Packaging And Handling Of Food Bill

"to make provision for the regulation and control of the manner in which food for human consumption shall be packed, and to regulate the manner in which it may be handled during the process of manufacture, merchanting and sale," presented by Colonel Banks; supported by Mr. Kaberry, Dr. Hill, Wing Commander Bullus, Mr. Reader Harris, Colonel Stoddart-Scott, Mr. Geoffrey Hirst, Mr. Peter Thorneycroft, Mr. Hylton-Foster, Mr. Watkinson and Squadron Leader Burden; read the First time; to be read a Second time upon Friday, 26th January, and to be printed. [Bill 37.]