HC Deb 13 July 1949 vol 467 c594
Mr. Woodburn

I beg to move, in page 2, line 28, at the end to insert: (d) remove the limitation confining to houses for the working classes the class of houses for the purpose of the construction, improvement or purchase of which money may be lent by the Public Works Loan Commissioners under section seventy-three of the Act of 1925. This Amendment repairs an omission in drafting.

Commander Galbraith

I wonder if the right hon. Gentleman could give us a little more information. It is rather bald to say that this is to remedy a defect of drafting. Personally, I do not understand what the words which the right hon. Gentleman intends to add really mean. Could he tell us?

Mr. Woodburn

The Clause deletes the expression "working classes" from previous Acts, and consequential Amendments are set out in detail in the First Schedule. They fall into different groups according to their effect. The Clause describes in paragraphs (a) to (e) the effect of each group. Another paragraph covers a group of Amendments in the First Schedule of the Act of 1925. The effect of this Amendment of Section 73 is to enable the Public Works Loans Commissioners to deliver money under that Section to housing associations and others without the "working classes" limitation. The purpose of the Amendment is to add the additional sub-paragraph (d).

Amendment agreed to.