HC Deb 18 February 1943 vol 386 cc1917-8
The Deputy-Chairman of Ways and Means (Major Milner)

I beg to move, That in the case of an Opposed Bill promoted by a municipal or other local authority containing clauses by which it is proposed to create powers relating to Police, Sanitary, and other Local Government matters in conflict with, deviation from, or excess of the provisions of the general law, the Committee to which the Bill is referred shall, when considering such clauses as aforesaid, have the assistance of the Counsel to Mr. Speaker.

Colonel Sir Charles MacAndrew

I wonder whether the Deputy-Chairman could give some explanation why this change is necessary, and whether if the Counsel is indisposed any steps are taken to fill his place?

Major Milner

The sole object of this proposal is to enable the Committee to have the assistance of the Counsel to Mr. Speaker. There is nothing unusual in it. It is for the convenience of the Committees.

Sir C. MacAndrew

Suppose that he is indisposed. Members get into the habit of expecting his assistance. What steps will be taken to get someone to fill his place?

The Deputy-Chairman

I think that will be provided for.

Sir Herbert Williams

May I point out that Papers regarding this Business do not appear to have been circulated?

Mr. Deputy-Speaker

I received my copy with the morning's Papers.

Question put, and agreed to.