HC Deb 19 June 1941 vol 372 cc789-90


"to confirm a Provisional Order under the Private Legislation Procedure (Scotland) Act, 1936, relating to Grampian Electricity Supply," presented by Mr. T. Johnston.

Mr. Mathers

On a point of Order, Mr. Speaker. Is it competent for the House to take any exception even to the presentation of this Bill, the purpose of which is known to Members and that purpose is objected to? I know that this is a non-effective stage, but I would like to have your guidance.

Mr. Speaker

The hon. Member cannot object to the presentation of the Bill, which is an automatic process.

Mr. Shinwell

Is this not a Government Bill promoted by the Secretary of State for Scotland? — [Hon. Members: "No."] —There is something on the Paper to which is appended the name of the Secretary of State for Scotland. It would appear, therefore, that it has the endorsement of the Government. Is it not in quite a different category from some other Bills?

The Joint Under-Secretary of State for Scotland (Mr. Westwood)

No, Sir. Under the Act we must present the Bill.

Bill read the First time, and ordered (under Section 9 of the Act) to be read a Second time upon the first Sitting Day after 29th June; and to be printed. [Bill 37-]