HC Deb 08 February 1945 vol 407 cc2341-2

Motion made, and Question proposed, "That the Clause stand part of the Bill."

Mr. Peake

I am informed that as regards the regulations to be made under Clause 1, we shall shortly be sending them to the local authorities for their comments. Of course, they will have to be looked through carefully in the light of what hon. Members have said in the course of the Debate to-day on Clause 1, but they will go straight away to the local authorities. We cannot promise that they will be ready for laying before the Bill becomes an Act.

Sir H. Williams

But cannot they be laid here provisionally, as soon as they are sent to the local authorities, so that hon. Members may have the opportunity of making comments? I would also like to know what is the position with regard to the regulations to be made by the Commissioners under Clause 2.

Mr. Peake

The regulations under Clause 2 have to be treated in exactly the same way as regulations under Clause 1. They have to be laid before Parliament in accordance with the provisions of this Clause. I will certainly consider my hon. Friend's point and see if it is possible to make advance copies of these regulations available in any way before the Bill becomes law.

Question put, and agreed to.

Clause ordered to stand part of the Bill.