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Volume 931: debated on Friday 6 May 1977

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I beg to move Amendment No. 52, in the Title, line 4, after 'other', insert 'breach of'.

If I may risk being out of order on such a simple amendment, I should like to express my thanks to the House, especially those hon. Members who served on the Standing Committee, who gave such concerned and interested attention to this very complicated Bill, which for those of us who are not lawyers was a very difficult one with which to deal. I am especially grateful to my hon. Friend the Minister of State and to those to whom we are not really supposed to refer in this place—those civil servants in the Department at all levels who have worked so hard and long on this Bill, which we believe marks a substantial improvement in the law of liability affecting the consumer.

The amendment affects the Title. Hon. Members will see that the words in the Bill,
"civil liability for breach of contract, or for negligence or other duty",
express the intention rather badly. The amendment clarifies the position by saying "other breach of duty".

Amendment agreed to.

Motion made, and Question, That the Bill be now read the Third time, put forthwith pursuant to Standing Order No. 56 ( Third Reading), and agreed to.

Bill accordingly read the Third time and passed.