HC Deb 24 May 1954 vol 528 cc157-8

Considered in Committee (amended in the Select Committee).

[Sir CHARLES MACANDREW in the Chair]

10.20 p.m.

The Chairman

As there are no Amendments, I propose to put the Clauses en bloc.

Clauses 1 to 17 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Schedules 1 to 3 agreed to.

Motion made, and Question proposed, "That the Preamble be the Preamble to the Bill."

Mr. Leslie Hale (Oldham, West)

May I venture, with very great respect, to say that, in the rush and turmoil that is now taking place while hon. Members have been leaving this Chamber, I still do not know what Bill is under discussion, and that I very much doubt whether any hon. Member of the Committee does. I venture to think that it is the Army and Air Force (Annual) Bill. [HON. MEMBERS: "No."] I am very much obliged. If it is the Post Office (Site and Railway) Bill, then I have nothing more to say, except that I think I am justified in rising to my feet to point out that, five seconds after a Division, and with people leaving the Chamber and all the noise, it was quite impossible to hear what was said from the Chair. I feel justified in rising to my feet at least to stake my claim to make some observations.

The Chairman

I beg the pardon of the Committee; it was my fault. I had hoped that the Committee would agree to take the Clauses together, and I thought I had got agreement to that course. I am very sorry; perhaps I should not have done so.

Bill reported, without Amendment; read the Third time, and passed.