HC Deb 25 October 1946 vol 428 c157

Order read for Consideration of Lords Amendment.

Ordered: "That the Lords Amendment be now considered."—[Mr. Glenvil Hall.]

Lords Amendment considered accordingly.

Lords Amendment: In page 4, line 46, at end, insert new Clause A (Availability of transferred documents and staff for compensation proceedings.) It shall be the duty of the operating company— (a) to afford, without payment, to any company mentioned in the First Schedule to this Act, such facilities as that company may reasonably require in prosecuting its claim to compensation under this Act for the examination of, and the taking of copies of or extract from, documents relating to the operating company's undertaking; and (b) so far as may be reasonably necessary in order to enable any such company effectually to avail itself of the right conferred by the preceding paragraph and to prosecute its claim, to enter into arrangements for its having, for such period as may be reasonably necessary for that purpose, the services of any person in the employment of the operating company.

11.10 a.m.

The Financial Secretary to the Treasury (Mr. Glenvil Hall)

I beg to move, "That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment."

This Amendment provides for the reasonable use of the services of the cable company's staffs and for such access to their records as the holding companies mentioned in the First Schedule may desire to have up to the appointed day for the purpose of making any claim they might desire to make for compensation. It follows in general terms, similar provisions which were put into the Coal Bill, and this Amendment is in line with a suggestion put forward during the sittings of the Select Committee at the instance of the petitioners.

Question put, and agreed to.