§ Order for consideration, as amended (in the Standing Committee), read.
Motion made, and Question proposed,
That the Bill be recommitted to a Committee of the whole House in respect of the amendments to Clause 3, page 5. line 26; Clause 10, page 15, lines 22 and 24; and Clause 18, page 25, lines 26 and 31, standing on the Notice Paper in the name of Mr. George Ward.—[Mr. Amery.]
§ 8.19 p.m.
§ Sir Frank Soskice (Newport)
Will the Under-Secretary say why the Bill has been recommitted for these Amendments? I am sure that there is a very good reason, but perhaps he will be good enough to tell us what it is.
§ The Under-Secretary of State for War (Mr. Julian Amery)
The reason is that, after closer examination, the Government are anxious to introduce certain Amendments which may give rise to the expenditure of public funds. I understand that, once a Bill has been passed in Committee, no Amendments involving a charge against public funds may be made without the Bill being recommitted to a Committee of the whole House. This applies, I gather, even if, as in the case of this Bill, the Money Resolution passed on 10th February was in terms wide enough to cover the proposed Amendment.
§ Question put and agreed to.
§ Bill immediately considered in Committee.
§ [Sir GORDON TOUCHE in the Chair]