HC Deb 04 July 1957 vol 572 cc1427-8
Mr. Maudling

I beg to move, in page 15, line 34, at the beginning to insert: Without prejudice to any powers of the Board apart from this section". It may be convenient, Mr. Speaker, if we take with it the two subsequent Amendments, in page 15, line 35, to leave out from the beginning to the third "by"; and in line 37, to leave out from out" to the end of the line and to insert: by the Board of their obligations under this Act They have the same purpose of tidying the drafting of the Clause. They make no substantial difference to the substance of the Clause.

This Clause was moved by my hon. Friend the Member for Taunton (Mr. du Cann) in Committee, and I accepted it. It subsequently became apparent that it needed a certain amount of varying at the hands of the Parliamentary draftsmen. The purpose of the Amendments is to tidy up the drafting and to make clear, which otherwise would not be clear, that the Clause in no way detracts from the Board's existing power to make such payments. I am sure that it was not the intention when the Clause was accepted in Committee that these powers should be detracted from in any way. The Amendments do nothing more than make perfectly clear what has been the purpose of the Clause throughout.

Amendment agreed to.

Further Amendments made: In line 35, leave out from beginning to third "by".

In line 37, leave out from "out" to end of line and insert: by the Board of their obligations under this Act."—[Mr. Maudling.]