HC Deb 05 March 1948 vol 448 cc680-1
Mr. J. Edwards

I beg to move in page 55, line 48, to leave out from "may," to "any," in line r, on page 56, and to insert: for a period of six months from the appointed day or such longer period not exceeding twelve months therefrom as the Minister of Health may allow, exercise otherwise than in accordance with a scheme under the said Part III. On the Report stage, I shall seek to move an Amendment which will provide for the sending of copies of schemes of county councils to the councils of county districts. In view of that, I think it may not be possible, in some instances, for the Minister to complete his scrutiny, and give his formal approval of the scheme within six months of the appointed day, and power is taken, in this Amendment, for the Minister to allow the authority to submit the scheme within a longer period not exceeding 12 months after the appointed day. The Amendment which follows, in page 56, line 2, makes it clear that the scheme approved within any longer period allowed by the Minister for submission of the scheme must be observed henceforth, notwithstanding that the longer period so allowed has not expired.

Amendment agreed to.

Further Amendment made: In page 56, line 2, at end, insert: Provided that the local authority shall not exercise any function under the said Part III otherwise than in accordance with a scheme thereunder after a scheme relating to the exercise of that function has come into force."—[Mr. J. Edwards.]

Motion made, and Question proposed, "That the Schedule, as amended, be the Sixth Schedule to the Bill."

Mr. John Paton (Norwich)

On a point of Order, Major Milner. I have an Amendment to the Sixth Schedule, which appears on page 1348 of the Order Paper. Is it your intention to call that Amendment?

The Chairman

That is a matter which arises on the Report stage and is, therefore, a question for Mr. Speaker, and not for me.

Question put, and agreed to.

Schedule, as amended, agreed to.