HC Deb 25 June 1947 vol 439 c494
The Solicitor-General

I beg to move, in page 63, line I, to leave out from "Where" to "the," in line 2.

This and the next Amendment go together, and I hope I may be allowed to explain both at the same time. This is a slightly technical Amendment. I think I can summarise it most easily by saying that during the Committee stage criticism was directed against Subsection (6) of Clause 50 on the ground that it was extremely obscure in that it did not say what sort of notice was referred to in the first line of the Subsection. We have sought to meet that simply by excluding reference to the notice. It is not really necessary in the form the Bill now takes, and it makes it clear. It provides that where an undertaking does exist, those enactments which previously applied to it shall not cease to apply to it by virtue of the foregoing Subsection.

Mr. R. S. Hudson

I appreciate that the learned Solicitor-General has tried to improve this Clause. I am advised that it would be improved still more if, in line 8 on page 63, instead of the words: cease to apply to the undertaking the words cease to apply to any undertaking. were inserted. I confess I am not sufficiently well versed in the law to appreciate that fully, but that is what I am advised. If the Solicitor-General can see his way, perhaps in another place, to have the further slight alteration made, it would improve even more the concession for which we are most grateful.

The Solicitor-General

I am grateful to the right hon. Gentleman for his suggestion which I would like to consider further.

Amendment agreed to.

Further Amendment made: In page 63, line 2, leave out "authorised undertakers" and insert: person authorised by any enactment to supply electricity.