§ Considered in Committee under Standing Order No. 71A.
§ [CAPTAIN BOURNE in the Chair.]
Motion made, and Question proposed,
That for the purpose of any Act of the present Session to make provision for the regulation of traffic on roads and of motor vehicles and otherwise with respect to roads
and vehicles thereon; to make provision for the protection of third parties against risks arising out of the use of motor vehicles and in connection with such protection to amend the Assurance Companies Act, 1909; to amend the Law with respect to the powers of local authorities to provide public service vehicles and for other purposes connected with the matters aforesaid, it is expedient to authorise the payment into the Exchequer of all fines, whether imposed by courts of summary jurisdiction or otherwise, in respect of offences under the said Act or the regulations made under the Act."—(King's Recommendation signified.)
§ The MINISTER of TRANSPORT
(Mr. Herbert Morrison): This is a simple matter which is being taken by agreement with the right hon. and gallant Member for Christchurch (Colonel Ashley). In the course of the proceedings in the Committee on the Road Traffic Bill I accepted an Amendment which widened the Clause dealing with the application of fees and fines under Part I of the Bill, so that the fines imposed by courts other than courts of summary jurisdiction were brought into the Clause. The Amendment was moved by the right hon. and gallant Member and as I thought it was a sensible proposal I accepted it, but, unfortunately, it is technically outside the Money Resolution passed by the House and the purpose of this Money Resolution is to cover the Amendment 764 which the late Minister of Transport moved in Committee and which I accepted.
§ Colonel ASHLEY
I am afraid that it was owing to the Minister of Transport departing from his usual attitude of refusing all my Amendments that we have to deal with this matter this morning. It was an Amendment which seemed to me to be necessary, and it received the unanimous support of the Committee. It simply brings the matter into conformity with the existing law, that all fines levied under the Road Traffic Act should go into the Road Fund and for no other purpose. In order to encourage the Minister of Transport to accept on the Report Stage more Amendments I hope the Committee will agree to this Money Resolution.
§ Question put, and agreed to.
§ Resolution to be reported upon Monday next, 23rd June.
§ The remaining Orders were read, and postponed.