Lords amendment: No. 24, in page 40, line 44, leave out "simple majority vote" and insert
"a simple majority of the votes cast and in the case of an equality of votes the chairman of the committee shall have a second or casting vote".
I beg to move, That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said amendment.We discussed the amendment in Committee for quite a long time. Looking back, I remind the House of several things which were said. The hon. Member for Stockport, North (Mr. Bennett), who is not with us tonight, said that there should be a casting vote in the case of a conflict. The hon. Member for Newham, South (Mr. Spearing), who played a big part in our Committee discussions, similarly pressed for a casting vote. All the amendment does is to state that where there has to be a majority vote, obviously on the decision of the appeal, the chairman shall have a right to a second or casting vote. We said in Committee that we would look at this again, and in another place this amendment was moved. We should be able to achieve a degree of unanimity on this matter.
Question put and agreed to.
Lords amendments Nos. 25 to 28 agreed to.