§ Order read for consideration, as amended (in Standing Committee B and in the Standing Committee on Scottish Bills).
Motion made, and Question proposed,
That the Bill be re-committed to a Committee of the whole House in respect of the following Amendments standing on the Notice Paper in the name of Mr. Bevan or of Mr. Secretary Woodburn, that is to say, Clause 6, page 5, line 45, Clause 6, page 6, lines 8 and 11, Clause 7, page 6, line 21, Clause 10, page 7, line 20, Clause 22, page 14, lines 31, 44 and 47, Clause 23, page 15, line 10, Clause 31, page 19, line 44, Clause 54, page 34, line 41, Clause 70, page 41, line 11, Clause 71, page 41, lines 19, 31 34 and 37, Clause 72, page 43, line 33, Clause 74, page 45, lines 30 and 32, Clause 75, page 46, lines 8, 12 and 28, Clause 76, page 46, lines 42, 44 and 46, Clause 76, page 47, line 5, Clause 77, page 47, line 21, Clause 78, page 48, line 47, Clause 79, page 49, lines 14 and 23, Clause 83, page 51, linen 23, 25 and 29, Clause 85, page 53, line 42, Clause 85, page 55, line 10, Clause 91, page 59, line 24, Clause 93, page 60, line 34, Clause 94, page 61, line 46, Clause 94, page 62, lines 37, 41 and 48, Clause 94, page 63, lines 17, 19, 25 and 30, Clause 109, page 73, lines 35 and 38, Clause 109, page 74, lines 1 and 19, Clause 122, page 84, line 21, Clause 124, page 84, line 46, and Clause 137, page 94, line 7 and of the new Clauses (Advertising stations to be separate hereditaments in certain cases), (Assessment of certain buildings occupied in parts), (Hereditaments shown as railway hereditaments, &c., but not in fact occupied by British Transport Commission) and (Provision of entertainments) and of the amendments in Schedule 1, page 95, line 12, Schedule 2, page 97, line 17, Schedule 2, page 98, line 3, Schedule 2, page 100, lines 41 and 51, and Schedule 2, page 101, lines 7 and 28.—[Mr. Aneurin Bevan.]
§ 3.48 p.m.
§ Mr. Speaker
There are a great number of Amendments to this Motion. I think it would be better if the Amendment in the name of the right hon. and gallant Gentleman the Member for the Scottish Universities (Lieut.-Colonel Elliot),—at the end to add:and in respect of the Amendment in Clause 3, page 2, line 28; and in respect of Clause 11; and in respect of the Amendments to Clause 100, page 66, line 39, and Clause 100, page 67, lines 3, 4 and 5; and of the new Clause (Employment of valuers by local authorities) standing on the Notice Paper in the name of Mr. Elliot."—was moved without: "and in respect of Clause 11," which appears to be quite redundant. There is an Amendment in 1172 the name of the hon. Member for Sutton Coldfield (Sir J. Mellor)—at the end to add:and in respect of Clauses 81 to 105; and of the new Clause (Static portions of electricity undertakings to remain rateable) standing on the Notice Paper in the name of Sir John Mellor.I am afraid that I cannot select the first half of that Amendment, but I will select the proposed new Clause: (Static portions of electricity undertakings to remain rateable.)
If it is agreeable to hon. Members, it would be better if the right hon. Gentleman the Member for the Scottish Universities formally moved all the Amendments en bloc. I will then put them together instead of putting them separately, and all will be added as an Amendment to the original Motion. I must say here quite frankly that putting these into the Recommittal stage does not affect the right of the Chairman in selection. It does not commit the Chairman in any way. I have no power to interfere with his right of selection. It must not be taken that I am indicating that I think he ought to select these merely because I am putting them into the Recommittal stage. That is his responsibility. I merely put them in for the sake of Order, and leave the matter to him.
§ Lieut.-Colonel Elliot (Scottish Universities)
I beg to move, at the end of the Question, to add:and in respect of the Amendment in Clause 3, page 2, line 28, of Clause 11, of the Amendments to Clause 100, page 66, line 39, and page 67 lines 3, 4 and 5, and of the new Clause (Employment of valuers by local authorities) standing on the Notice Paper in the name of Mr. Elliot; in respect of the new Clause (War memorials) standing on the Notice Paper in the name of Mr. Heathcoat Amory; in respect of the Amendment in Clause 3, pay 2, line 40, standing on the Notice Paper in the name of Mr. Piratin; in respect of Clauses 81 to 105, and of the new Clause (Static portions of electricity undertakings to remain rateable) standing on the Notice Paper in the name of Sir John Mellor; in respect of the new Clauses (Rating of owners instead of occupiers) and (Transfer of road property and liabilities) standing on the Notice Paper in the name of Mr. Thomas Lewis; in respect of the Amendment in Clause 11, page 7, line 38, standing on the Notice Paper in the name of Mr. Turton; in respect of the new Clause (Allowance to sheriff) standing on the Notice Paper in the name of Colonel Wheatley; and in respect of the Amendment to Clause 116, page 80, line 27, standing on the Notice Paper in the name of Mr. Pargiter.1173 I understand, Sir, that you consider that an opportunity to debate Clause 11 will arise in any case, as there is an Amendment down to that Clause, and I am willing to move the Amendments en bloc with the omission of Clause 11, trusting that the Chairman will exercise his discretion favourably for my hon. Friend's Amendment when that stage of the Bill is reached. While willing to do so, Sir, I ask for your consideration and that of the Chair at later stages in respect of the extremely complicated procedure into which we are now passing, which is inevitable through this extensive recommittal Motion. I do not deny that the recommittal is in respect of many Amendments which were pressed on the Minister both from our side of the House and from his own side, but, as the House knows, the Bill already has been subject to a certain process of dissection in that it was divided and part taken upstairs in one Committee and part in another. It now comes down united again for the first time, and scarcely is it laid before the House when it is snatched away and recommitted to a Committee. After that we shall have to return again this rather omnium gatherum of considerations to the consideration of the whole House. Although these things arise from the great pressure under which both the House and the Committees are working, I suggest on behalf of the Opposition that pressure of this intensity is not conducive to the best legislation.
§ Amendment agreed to.
§ Bill immediately considered in Committee.
§ [Major MILNER in the Chair]