Lords Amendment: After Amendment last inserted, insert new Clause "C":
.—(1) The minutes of—
(2) In this section "local authority" and "local government elector" have the same meanings as in the Act of 1947.
§ Mr. Speaker
The first two Amendments on the Paper to the first Lords Amendment, in page 9, line 25, and to the third Lords Amendment in page 9, line 25 (New Clause B) are not selected. The third Amendment, that is, the one in the name of the hon. Member for Hamilton (Mr. T. Fraser) and his hon. Friends, to move, That this House doth disagree with the Lords in the said Amendment, is not necessary. He may disagree without such a Motion. As to whether an Amendment in the name of the hon. Member for Kilmarnock (Mr. Ross) will be called, he has an Amendment to the Lords Amendment in page 26, line 35, to leave out paragraph 2 of the New Schedule A.
§ Mr. T. Fraser
On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. The Amendment which stands in my name and the name of my hon. Friend the Member for Kilmarnock (Mr. Ross), in page 9, line 25, of the third Lords Amendment, would seem to be necessary to make the thing sensible. It 493 does not seem to make sense as it is, and my drafting Amendment would make the matter clear.
§ Mr. N. Macpherson
Further to that point of order. It might be for the convenience of the House if I explain that Clause 18 (4) deals with that matter.
§ Mr. J. N. Browne
I beg to move, That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment.
This new Clause implements the proposals in paragraph 14 of the White Paper. The intention is fully consistent with the whole purpose of the Bill, which is to encourage local electors to take a greater interest in local government.
Paragraph (a) of subsection (1) requires, for the first time, the minutes of full council meetings to be made available on payment of 1s. to any local elector who wishes to read them, take a copy of them or take abstracts. Paragraph (b) does no more than preserve what is already a statutory right to inspect the minutes of the committees referred to. The reference to health, planning and welfare committees is necessary because the new Schedule which we have not yet discussed—this is referred to in paragraph 10 of the White Paper—abolishes the statutory requirement that these committees must exist as separate entities. Paragraph (c) ensures that the minutes of joint committees and joint boards dealing with health, planning and welfare, shall also be open to inspection.
§ Question put and agreed to.