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Indemnity Bill

Volume 41: debated on Tuesday 10 August 1920

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Amendments reported (according to Order).

Clause 2:

Right to compensation for acts done in pursuance of prerogative and other powers.

(6) A person may be compelled to attend and give evidence or produce documents in proceedings before the said Board of Arbitration or War Compensation Court in like manner as in proceedings before an arbitrator, and the Board or War Compensation Court shall have power to require any person appearing before them to give evidence on oath and to authorise any person to administer an oath for that purpose.

had an Amendment on the Paper, after subsection (6) to insert the following words: "and the Board or Court shall have power to award and assess such sums by way of costs as they in their discretion may think just." The noble and learned Lord said: This Amendment gives effect to a suggestion made by my noble and learned friend Lord Sumner in the early stages of this discussion, and I think on the balance of the argument that justice will be met by inserting this Amendment.

Amendment moved—

Clause 2, page 6, line 5, after ("purpose") insert. ("and the Board or Court shall have power to award and assess such sums by way of costs as they in their discretion may think just").—(The Lord Chancellor.)

On Question, Amendment agreed to.

Then (Standing Order No. XXXIX having been suspended) Bill read 3a and passed, and returned to the Commons.