HC Deb 24 May 1939 vol 347 cc2379-80

6.55 p.m.

Sir J. Anderson

I beg to move, in page 43, line 26, to leave out from the beginning, to "charge," in line 32, and to insert: The property in any equipment, appliances or material provided on behalf of His Majesty under the Act of 1937 free of. I venture with some trepidation to describe this as a drafting Amendment. The Act of 1937 contained provisions with regard to what were called gifts, and it was contemplated that regulations should be made modifying the conditions under which gifts could be received and dealt with in connection with air-raid precautions. No such regulations have ever been made. No use has ever been made of that particular provision. We are now distributing equipment in large quantities, and we are providing in this Bill that such equipment shall remain the property of the Crown. In these circumstances it is a desirable simplification to get rid of the provisions with regard to gifts in the Act of 1937.

Amendment agreed to.

Further Amendments made:

In page 43, line 33, leave out "Section," and insert "Sub-section."

In line 35, at the end, insert: In paragraph (b) of Sub-section (1) of Section eleven of the Act of 1937 the word 'gifts' is hereby repealed."—[Sir J. Anderson.]

Clause, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.