HC Deb 19 February 1952 vol 496 cc141-2

Considered in Committee of the whole House under Standing Order No. 84 (Money Committees).—[Queen's Recommendation signified.]

[Colonel Sir CHARLES MACANDREW in the Chair]

Motion made, and Question proposed, That, for the purposes of any Act of the present Session to consolidate with amendments certain enactments relating to customs and excise, it is expedient to authorise the payment out of moneys provided by Parliament of any remuneration and allowances payable to the Commissioners of Customs and Excise.—[Mr. Boyd-Carpenter.]

9.10 p.m.

Sir Frank Soskice (Sheffield, Neepsend)

Are we to have a word of explanation about this Resolution? There are four paragraphs to it. I believe it is purely technical and that it does not impose any substantial charge, but, if I may respectfully say so, I think we are entitled to a word of explanation to reassure us that that is the case.

The Financial Secretary to the Treasury (Mr. John Boyd-Carpenter)

I do not know whether or not the right hon. and learned Gentleman is referring to this Resolution, which contains only one paragraph and is to be found on page 829 of the Order Paper, or to the Resolution containing four paragraphs which is to be found on page 833 of the Order Paper.

The Chairman

We have not come to that yet.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

The right hon. and learned Gentleman asked for an explanation, which, I think, is related to something we have not yet reached.

Sir F. Soskice

I meant the other Resolution.

Question put, and agreed to.

Resolution to be reported Tomorrow.