HC Deb 18 February 1948 vol 447 cc1272-3

(1) In Section one of the War Memorials (Local Authorities' Powers) Act. 1923 (which enables local authorities, as defined in that Act, to incur reasonable expediture in the maintenance, repair and protection of war memorials in their district which are vested in them) for the words "which may be vested in them," there shall be substituted the words "whether vested in them or not."

(2) The matters on which expenditure may be incurred under the said Section one shall include the alteration of any memorial to which that section applies so as to make it serve as a memorial in connection with any war subsequent to that in connection with which it was erected and the correction of any error or omission in the inscription on any such memorial.—[Mr. O. Poole.]

Brought up, and read the First time.

Mr. O. Poole

I beg to move, "That the Clause, be read a Second time."

The wording and the intention of the proposed Clause are clear, and should commend themselves to the Committee. Subsection (2) gives the local authorities power to amend war memorials created as a result of the 1914–1919 war so as to commemorate people who gave their lives or services in the recent war. I believe that the right hon. Gentleman may be sympathetic to the motive of this proposal, if not to the new Clause as drafted.

Mr. Bevan

The Clause has an admirable purpose, and I propose to accept it.

Clause read a Second time, and added to the Bill.