I am reminded, if your Lordships will permit it, of a famous story about Serjeant Sullivan, who was known, as the Irish representative that he was at the Bar, as being fearless. He was addressing the Court of Appeal on behalf of a workman who had suffered injuries at work. The presiding judge of the court turned to Serjeant Sullivan, "Has your client never heard of the maxim of volenti non fit injuria?"; to which Serjeant Sullivan replied, "My Lord, it is the sole topic of conversation in the little village of Antrim from which my client comes."
Lord Bruce of Donington: "My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Lord for having repeated the 11 th Commandment, "Thou shalt not commit thyself', and for saying that he will have another look at this matter. We shall return to the question; but in the meantime I ask the leave of the House to withdraw the amendment."