HC Deb 29 July 1958 vol 592 cc1249-50

Lords Amendment: In page 11, line 11, after "licence" insert: after the submission of their report aforesaid, being an application to which subsection (5) of section three of this Act does not apply and".

Mr. Godber

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

This Amendment and the two following Amendments have as their purpose the removal of a procedural defect. They are, therefore, to some extent, largely drafting. What we are seeking to do is to prevent certain applications being considered twice over. Clause 3 (6) provides that application for new licences received during the two months' period allowed for making representations to the Minister about the local authorities slaughterhouses report must be considered by the Minister before he accepts the Report. He has the power to direct, that they shall be deemed to be included in the report.

If the Minister does that, they have a right to a licence in exactly the same way as any other slaughterhouse. What we have not provided for until now is the procedure to be followed if the Minister decides not to give such a direction. It would be pointless, if the Minister decided that there is no case for the application, for it to have to come up again under Clause 4. We provide for that in these Amendments.

Question put and agreed to.

Subsequent Lords Amendment agreed to: In line 23, at end insert: (2A) Where in the case of an application of which a copy has been forwarded to the Minister by a local authority under subsection (5) of section three of this Act, being an application for the grant of a new slaughterhouse licence, the Minister determines not to give such a direction as is mentioned in subsection (6) of that section, he shall direct the authority to refuse the application forthwith, and the authority shall comply with that direction.