HC Deb 19 February 1948 vol 447 cc1464-5
Mr. Pargiter (Spelthorne)

I beg to move, in page 85, line 32, at the end, to insert: (4) In the said Section seventy-six and in Section one hundred and twenty-three of the said Act of 1933 (which relates to the disclosure by officers of local authorities of interest in contracts), references to a local authority shall be construed as including references to a divisional executive constituted under the Education Acts, 1944 and 1946, or the National Health Service Acts, 1946, and, for the purposes of the said Section one hundred and twenty-three, an officer of a local authority who carries out any duties under the control of such an executive shall be deemed, in relation to those duties, to be an officer of that executive. This Amendment is designed purely for the purpose of clarity. There is some doubt, as far as the local Government Act is concerned, whether or not officers under the direction of a body not actually the local authority, such as a divisional executive, or a body of that kind, are obliged, under the terms of the Local Government Act, to declare their interest. I understand that the form of words is acceptable to the Minister.

Mr. Turner-Samuels

I beg to second the Amendment.

Mr. Bevan

This Amendment is intended to remove any doubt that may exist, and I am prepared to accept it.

Amendment agreed to.