§ The LORD ADVOCATE
I beg to move, in page 56, line 37, to leave out the words "a sum equal to one-half such aggregate after deducting therefrom," and to insert instead thereof the words "such additional sum as together with."
I would like to move this Amendment in somewhat different form from that in which it is on the Paper. This Amendment and the following one are really drafting Amendments. The purpose of paragraph (b, i) is to get at a sum for the purpose of making up the losses and gains of separate rating areas within one local authority's area towards which the Exchequer makes good half the loss and the other half has to be contributed by the winning or gaining authority. The words in the Bill are: "a sum equal to one-half such aggregate after deducting therefrom." The word "therefrom" means that the deduction must be taken from the one-half, but it might be suggested to mean deduction from the aggregate, and we attempted another draft which I am moving in the amended form. It is putting it the other way, and I will ask the House to take it on trust.
§ Amendment agreed to.
§ Further Amendment made:
In page 56, line 40, at the end, insert the words:
is equal to one-half of the said aggregate amount of such losses."—[The Lord Advocate.]