HC Deb 20 March 1957 vol 567 cc456-60

Order for Second Reading read.

Motion made, and Question proposed, That the Bill be now read a Second time.

7.0 p.m.

Major W. Hicks Beach (Cheltenham)

This Bill is a complete mystery to me, as an hon. Member who represents a Gloucestershire Division, and I oppose the Second Reading because I feel most strongly that we should receive some information from the Gloucester Corporation of what it is seeking to do by this Bill.

I think it is normal, certainly in my experience of this House, that when a Private Bill of this sort is introduced by some local authority, that authority sends some brief to the local Members of Parliament. If I had received one, I should have given it very careful consideration. I venture to say also that as this is a Bill which consists of some 137 Clauses and two Schedules, which has been introduced to the House, I hope that there will be some hon. Member of this House who can give us some explanation of it. I do not know if that is so. I do not know whether the hon. Member for Gloucestershire, West (Mr. Philips Price) can give us some explanation, but I venture to say that if matters of this sort are to handled in this way, the House should reject the Bill quite emphatically.

I regard it as gross discourtesy to this House that none of us has received any information about the Bill at all, and I hope I am in order in saying that I shall certainly oppose the Bill and that I wish to register a protest, on behalf of hon. Members representing Gloucestershire, about being given no information about it. I oppose the Bill, and do not think it should receive a Second Reading.

7.3 p.m.

Mr. M. Philips Price (Gloucestershire, West)

I rise to say a word or two in reply to the hon. and gallant Member for Cheltenham (Major Hicks Beach), although it would have been better if my hon. and learned Friend the Member for Gloucester City (Mr. Turner-Samuels) spoke instead of me; but he is at present abroad for health reasons. I rise to say a few words in so far as I understand the reason why the Gloucester Corporation have inserted Clause 84 in the Bill.

Major Hicks Beach

Not only Clause 84; I want to know about the whole Bill.

Mr. Speaker

We have not yet come to the Instruction, of which notice has been given. I have proposed the Question to the House, That the Bill be read a Second time, and the hon. and gallant Member

for Cheltenham (Major Hicks Beach) has spoken against the Second Reading of the whole Bill. When the Bill has been read a Second time, I shall call upon those who are sponsoring the Instruction to move their Motion.

Question put, That the Bill be now read a Second time:—

The House divided: Ayes 107, Noes 136.

Division No. 80.] AYES [7.5 p.m.
Albu, A. H. Horbison, Miss M. Parkin, B. T.
Allaun, Frank (Salford, E.) Holmes, Horace Pearson, A.
Awbery, S. S. Holt, A. F. Popplewell, E.
Bacon, Miss Alice Howell, Charles (Perry Barr) Price, J. T. (Westhoughton)
Balfour, A. Hoy, J. H. Rankin, John
Beswick, Frank Hubbard, T. F. Rhodes, H.
Blackburn, F. Hughes, Cledwyn (Anglesey) Rippon, A. G. F.
Bottomley, Rt. Hon. A. G. Hughes, Emrys (S. Ayrshire) Roberts, Albert (Normanton)
Bowden, H. W. (Leicester, S.W.) Hughes, Hector (Aberdeen, N.) Ross, William
Bowen, E. R. (Cardigan) Hunter, A. E. Royle, C.
Boyd, T. C. Hynd, H. (Accrington) Simmons, C. J. (Brierley Hill)
Brockway, A. F. Hynd, J. B. (Attercliffe) Skeffington, A. M.
Brown, Thomas (Ince) Jenkins, Roy (Stechford) Smith, Ellis (Stoke, S.)
Castle, Mrs. B. A. Joynson-Hicks, Hon. Sir Lancelot Soskice, Rt. Hon. Sir Frank
Collick, P. H. (Birkenhead) Lawson, G. M. Steele, T.
Craddock, George (Bradford, S.) Mabon, Dr. J. Dickson Stewart, Henderson (Fife, E.)
Cullen, Mrs. A. McGovern, J. Stewart, Michael (Fulham)
Davies, Stephen (Merthyr) McKay, John (Wallsend) Taylor, Bernard (Mansfield)
Deer, G. Mallalieu, E. L. (Brigg) Thomas, George (Cardiff)
de Freitas, Geoffrey Mallalieu, J. P. W. (Huddersfd, E.) Tomney, F.
Dodds, N. N. Mann, Mrs. Jean Usborne, H. C.
Dugdale, Rt. Hn. John(W. Brmwch) Marquand, Rt. Hon. H. A. Wade, D. W.
Ede, Rt. Hon. J. C. Mason, Roy Wells, Percy (Faversham)
Edwards, Rt. Hon. Ness (Caerphilly) Mawby, R. L. Wells, William (Walsall, N.)
Fletcher, Eric Mellish, R. J. Wigg, George
Gibson, C. W. Mitchison, G. R. Wilkins, W. A.
Gooch, E. G. Mort, D. L. Williams, Rev. Liywelyn (Ab'tillery)
Gordon Walker, Rt. Hon. P. C. Mulley, F. W. Williams, Rt. Hon. T. (Don Valley)
Grenfell, Rt. Hon. D. R. Neal, Harold (Bolsover) Williams, W. R. (Openshaw)
Griffiths, Rt. Hon. James (Lianelly) Noel-Baker, Rt. Hon. P. (Derby, S.) Winterbottom, Richard
Grimond, J. Oswald, T. Woof, R. E.
Hall, Rt.Hon. Glenvil (Coine Valley) Owen, W. J. Yates, V. (Ladywood)
Hamilton, W. W. Paget, R. T. Zilliacus, K.
Hannan, W. Palmer, A. M. F.
Harrison, J. (Nottingham, N.) Pannell, Charles (Leeds, W.) TELLERS FOR THE AYES:
Hastings, S. Pargiter, G. A. Mr. Philips Price and
Hayman, F. H. Parker, J. Mr. David Jones.
Agnew, Sir Peter Cooke, Robert Graham, Sir Fergus
Aitken, W. T. Cooper-Key, E. M. Grant, W. (Woodside)
Alport, C. J. M. Cordeaux, Lt.-Col. J. K. Green, A.
Amery, Julian (Preston, N.) Craddock, Beresford (Spelthorne) Gurden, Harold
Anstruther-Gray, Major Sir William Crouch, R. F. Harris, Reader (Heston)
Arbuthnot, John Cunningham, Knox Harrison, Col. J. H. (Eye)
Armstrong, C. W. Davidson, Viscountess Harvey, Air Cdre. A. V. (Masciesfd)
Ashton, H. D'Avigdor-Goldsmid, Sir Henry Heald, Rt. Hon. Sir Lionel
Atkins, H. E. Deedes, W. F. Heath, Rt. Hon. E. R. G.
Baidwin, A. E. Drayson, G. B. Hill, Mrs. E. (Wythenshawe)
Barber, Anthony du Cann, E. D. L. Hill, John (S. Norfolk)
Bariow, Sir John Dugdale, Rt. Hn. Sir T. (Richmond) Hinchingbrooke, Viscount
Baxter, Sir Beverley Duncan, Capt. J. A. L. Holland-Martin, C. J.
Bell, Philip (Bolton, E.) Eden, J. B. (Bournemouth. West) Hornby, R. P.
Bennett, F. M. (Torquay) Errington, Sir Eric Howard, Hon. Grevllie (St. Ives)
Biggs-Davison, J. A. Farey-Jones, F. W. Hughes-Young, M. H. C.
Bishop, F. P. Foster, John Hurd, A. R.
Braine, B. R. Freeth, Denzil Iremonger, T. L.
Braithwaite, Sir Albert (Harrow, W.) Garner-Evans, E. H. Irvine, Bryant Godman (Rye)
Brooman-White, R. C. George, J. C. (Pollok) Jenkins, Robert (Dulwich)
Bryan, P. Gibson-Watt, D. Johnson, Eric (Blackley)
Burden, F. F. A. Godber, J. B. Joseph, Sir Keith
Channon, Sir Henry Gomme-Duncan, Col. Sir Alan Keegan, D.
Clarke, Brig. Terence (Portsmth, W.) Gower, H. R. Kerby, Capt. H. B.
Kershaw, J. A. Oakshott, H. D. Steward, Sir William (Woolwich, W.)
Kimball, M. O'Neill. Hn. Phelim (Co. Antrim, N.) Stoddart-Seott, Col. M.
Kirk, P. M. Page, R. G. Stuart, Rt. Hon. James (Moray)
Leburn, W. G. Pannell, N. A. (Kirkdale) Studhoime, Sir Henry
Legge-Bourke, Maj. E. A. H. Partridge, E. Summers, Sir Spencer
Legh, Hon. Pater (Petersfield) Pike, Miss Mervyn Taylor, Sir Charles (Eastbourne)
Lindsay, Hon. James (Devon, N.) Pitt, Miss E. M. Taylor, William (Bradford, N.)
Linstead, sir H. N. Pott, H. P. Temple, J. M.
Lloyd, Maj. Sir Guy (Renfrew, E.) Powell, J Enoch Vickers, Miss Joan
Lucas, Sir Jocelyn (Portsmouth, S.) Prior-Palmer, Brig. O. L. Wakefield, Edward (Derbyshire, W.)
Lucas-Tooth, Sir Hugh Raikes, Sir Victor Wakefield, Sir Wavell (St. M'lebone)
Mackie, J. H. (Galloway) Redmayne, M. Ward, Dame Irene (Tynemouth)
MacLeod, John (Ross & Cromarty) Rees-Davies, W. R. Water-house, Capt. Rt. Hon. C.
Macmillan, Maurice (Halifax) Robertson, Sir David Whitelaw, W.S.I.(Penrith & Border)
Maitland, Cdr. J. F. W.(Horncastle) Russell, R. S. Williams, R. Dudley (Exeter)
Maltland, Hon. Patrick (Lanark) Schofield, Lt.-Col. W. Wills, G. (Bridgwater)
Manningham-Buller, Rt. Hn. Sir R. Scott-Miller, Cmdr. R. Wilson, Geoffrey (Truro)
Marshall, Douglas Sharples, R. C. Woollam, John Victor
Maydon, Lt.-Commdr, S. L. C. Shepherd, William
Moore, Sir Thomas Simon, J. E. S. (Middlesbrough, W.) TELLERS FOR THE NOES:
Morrison, John (Salisbury) Soames, Christopher Major Hicks Brach and
Nairn, D. L. S. Spearman, Sir Alexander Mr. Nabarro.
Nugent, G. R. H. Steward, Harold (Stockport, S.)