HC Deb 30 July 1956 vol 557 cc993-4

Lords Amendment: In page 30, line 21, leave out subsection (2.)

Mr. Speaker

This Amendment involves a question of Privilege. If the House agrees to it, I will cause a special entry to be made in the Journals.

Mr. Walker-Smith

I beg to move, That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment.

This Amendment has the effect that the Bill shall come into force immediately on enactment, subject to the two qualifications which have been made by Amendments to Clause 25 and to Clause 27. We have, of course, just been discussing, and the House has divided upon, the deferment of the coming into operation of Part II of the Bill. As a result of the decision of the House, Part II will not now come into force until three months after the passing of the Act, and the references at present with the Monopolies Commission will not lapse until one month after the commencement of the Act.

For the rest, we do not see that there is any necessity to delay the coming into force of the Bill. Therefore, as to the rest of it, the Bill will come into force, as a result of these Amendments, immediately, although the House will have in mind that Clause 8 (1) relating to registration of agreements, and Clause 26 relating to the reconstitution of the Monopolies Commission come into force under Statutory Instruments, and are subject to Parliamentary control.

Question put and agreed to.—[Special Entry.]