HC Deb 24 May 1939 vol 347 c2423

Where, by virtue of an order made under Sub-section (2) of Section four of the Act of 1937 the functions of a council in preparing and submitting air-raid precautions schemes or under any air-raid precautions scheme for the time being in force are, as respects the area specified in the order, exercised by a joint committee, the council shall, before exercising in that area any function under Parts II, III, IV or VIII of this Act, consult with the joint committee.—[Sir J. Anderson.]

Brought up, and read the First time.

9.22 p.m.

Sir J. Anderson

I beg to move, "That the Clause be read a Second time."

This is purely a machinery Clause to deal with a case where a number of authorities form a joint committee under Section 4 (2) of the Act of 1937 for the purpose of preparing and submitting their air-raid precautions scheme. There are very few such cases, but the authorities concerned have asked for a provision in the terms of this Clause, and the terms have been agreed with the authorities concerned. The object, as is plain on the face of the Clause, is to ensure that a joint committee which is responsible for preparing an air-raid precautions scheme shall be consulted by the constituent authorities before they exercise functions under Parts II, III, IV or VIII of the present Bill.

Question put, and agreed to.

Clause added to the Bill.