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Volume 22: debated on Friday 23 April 1982

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'(1) The following sections of this Act extend to England and Wales only—

  • section 1;
  • section [Nature of defence of due diligence];
  • section [Default of third party];
  • section [Abolition of imprisonment for obstruction];and
  • section [Pre-1956 subordinate legislation].

(2) Section [Application to Northern Ireland] above extends to Northern Ireland only.

(3) 'Subject to subsections (1) and (2) above, this Act extends to England and Wales and Northern Ireland.'. — [Mr. Norman Atkinson.]

Brought up, and read the First time.

With this, it will be convenient to take amendment No. 19, in page 4, line 18, leave out subsection (3).

11.45 am

I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time.

I am conscious of events this morning. The new clause is consequential on earlier clauses and relates to Northern Ireland. Given the importance of the comments that have been made, I commend the new clause to the House.

Perhaps I should add that a manuscript amendment to new clause 6 should be attached. It leaves out lines 3 and 4 as a result of the withdrawal of new clauses 1 and 2.

I support the manuscript amendment. Since the Minister was kind enough to withdraw the defence of due diligence in new clause 1 and the amendment on contraventions due to default by a third party, the lines involved need no longer be included.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause read a Second time.

Manuscript amendment to new clause made: leave out lines 3 and 4.— [Mrs. Fenner.]

Clause. as amended, added to the Bill.

We now come to new clause 7, with which it will be convenient to take amendment No. 18, in page 4, line 17 leave out subsection (2).