HC Deb 22 February 1932 vol 262 cc43-173

Considered in Committee. [Progress 19th February.]


[Sir DENNIS HERBERT in the Clair.]


Before we proceed with the business it may be helpful to the Committee if I make a suggestion in regard to the Amendments to the First Schedule to the Bill. A large number of Amendments appear on the Order Paper, some of which appear to be put down in the wrong places. I propose to have these Amendments re-arranged and to adopt the following course in doing so. I propose that we should first take as they come, going down the items in the Schedule as it stands, all Amendments to the items which appear in the Schedule. That, of course, would include all Amendments to omit anything which is in the Schedule at present. After that, I propose we should take, as at the end of the Schedule, all proposals to insert other items in or add other articles to the Schedule. But if that course is adopted, it will appear to some Members of the Committee to be possible, by discussing at considerable length alterations to items now in the Schedule, to shut out proposals to add further items to the Schedule. In order to avoid that possibility, the Deputy-Chairman and I propose that, after a reasonable time has been spent in discussing alterations to the Schedule as it stands, including proposals to omit things from the Schedule, we should then exercise our right of selection of Amendments by not selecting any more of those Amendments but should proceed to select Amendments proposing additions to the Schedule. I hope that that proposal will commend itself to the Committee. I think that, by that means, we should get the important matters discussed as far as is possible in the time available.


Is not the omission of any item from the Schedule tantamount to an increase in the charge on the taxpayer?


That point has already been dealt with in a considered Ruling which I gave on. Thursday last.

  1. CLAUSE 4.—(Preference for Dominions, India and Southern Rhodesia.) 12,508 words
  2. cc75-6
  3. CLAUSE 5.—(Colonial preference.) 384 words
  4. cc76-9
  5. CLAUSE 6.—(Application of s. 8 of 9 and 10 Geo. 5. c. 32 for purpose of Imperial preference under Part 1.) 1,143 words
  6. cc79-81
  7. CLAUSE 7.—(Preference in case of certain foreign goods.) 850 words
  8. cc82-3
  9. CLAUSE 8.—(Charge of duty in case of composite goods.) 618 words
  10. cc83-159
  11. CLAUSE 9.—(Power of Board of Trade to require information.) 31,095 words, 4 divisions
  12. cc159-60
  13. CLAUSE 10.—(Prevention of disclosure of information.) 360 words
  14. cc160-73
  15. CLAUSE 11.—(Provision as to shipbuilding yards.) 5,931 words, 2 divisions