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Commons Amendment

Volume 413: debated on Tuesday 21 October 1980

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63 Clause 26, page 23, line 24, after 'fact' insert ('or conclusion as to fact)'.

My Lords, I beg to move that this House doth agree with the Commons in their Amendment No. 63. Amendment No. 63 is essentially a drafting point. The intention of the clause is that the evidence of an autopsy report, for example, should be able to be taken by certificate. However, such a report includes not only fact (such as body temperature at a certain time) but also conclusions drawn from these facts (for example, that therefore death probably occurred at some particular time). Amendment No. 63 secures that both facts and conclusions on facts may be entered in evidence with the new procedure. I beg to move.

Moved, That this House doth agree with the Commons in the said amendment.—( Lord Mackay of Clashfern.)

On Question, Motion agreed to.