HC Deb 10 March 1953 vol 512 cc1223-4
Mr. Low

I beg to move, in page 8, line 20, after "any," to insert "class of."

This very small Amendment arises out of a question put to me by the hon. Member for Reading, South (Mr. Mikardo). I am sorry that he is not here. He is on the other side of the Atlantic. During the Committee stage he said he was not clear whether the words "any … products" covered the point which worried him, that if a producer had 10 products and a number of different selling agents and the Board were determining whether these were agents within the subsection, the Board would have regard to each of the products separately or to all 10 products. The Amendment is designed to make it clear that they would have regard to each one of the products separately.

Amendment agreed to.

Mr. Mitchison

I beg to move, in page 9, line 28, to leave out "the next following section," and to insert, "section nine of this Act." The reference is obvious—to Section 9. I would only say that as Homer sometimes nods and has an occasional somnolence, so duller poets often seem given to a nap.

Mr. J. Hynd

I beg to second the Amendment.

Mr. Sandys

The hon. and learned Gentleman will not expect me to wax poetic, but none the less I would congratulate him on finding a small technical flaw in the Bill and on having drawn our attention to it so that it could be put right. I am sure that he would be the last person to consider that the presence of a flaw shows any lack of skill on the part of the very experienced draftsmen who have prepared the Bill. It is a great achievement that there should be so few. One more is coming before us in a moment and with it I think we shall have covered all the shortcomings of the draftsmanship of this long and complicated Bill. We are grateful to the hon. and learned Gentleman for pointing this one out.

Amendment agreed to.