§ Order read for consideration, as amended.
§ 4.5 p.m.
Motion made, and Question proposed.
That the Bill be recommitted to a Committee of the whole House in respect of the new Clause (Duration of dog licences) standing on the Notice Paper in the name of the Chancellor of the Exchequer."—[Sir S. Cripps.]
§ Captain Crookshank (Gainsborough)
This Motion arises out of the previous Motion. I should like to point out, if I may be permitted, that this is a result once again of the unfortunate change in our Budget procedure, by which the Budget Resolutions are not discussed on consideration. The right hon. and learned Gentleman dissents from that view, but I can assure him that any sufficiently skilled person could have raised the question of dog licences but for that. It was, in fact, done at a subsequent stage by a new Clause, but had we had full discussion on consideration of the Budget Resolutions, that might not have been necessary.
I want to mark once again the fact that we do disapprove of this new Procedure. I should have thought that the Chancellor would have been the first to accept my point of view, considering that during the Committee stage of the Finance Bill so many matters were raised that will have to be further discussed today, and on the next day on which we deal with the Bill. Had we had the discussions earlier, they might have been cleared up then. I think it is just as well to put that on record.
§ The Chancellor of the Exchequer (Sir Stafford Cripps)
I do not think that even the right hon. and gallant Gentleman would have thought of this one, so far as any Financial Resolution was concerned. This is a small concession to the dogs. We are trying to give everybody a turn in this Finance Bill. We hope it may be for the general benefit of those who keep dogs. If the right hon. and gallant Gentleman wants to oppose the Motion, he can, of course, do so.
§ Question put, and agreed to.
§ Bill immediately considered in Committee.2168
§ [Major MILNER in the Chair]