HC Deb 03 February 1960 vol 616 cc1085-6
Mr. T. Fraser

I beg to move, in page 8, line 24, to leave out from the beginning to the end of line 44

I think it would be for the convenience of the House to consider at the same time the Amendment in page 9, line 9, to leave out from "1959" to end of line 11.

The effect of the two Amendments is to take Clause 11 out of the Bill and to take out the last two lines of Clause 12, which refer back to Clause 11, consequential on the deletion of Clause 11.

In Committee, we had discussion of the Clause and I put forward to the President of the Board of Trade the proposition that there did not seem to be any need to write into the Statute a provision for the setting up of a coordinating committee for the three management corporations. I suggested that the right hon. Gentleman could bring them together as he thought fit to see that they were all following a similar pattern in the work they were undertaking. It seemed unnecessary to write all this into the Bill.

The right hon. Gentleman said that he had great sympathy with the views I then expressed and I have learned from him subsequently that he would not feel able to resist an Amendment, if I were to put one down at this stage, to leave out Clause 11. In the circumstances, there is no need for me to make the case that was made in Committee.

Mr. Bence

I beg to second the Amendment.

7.45 p.m.

Mr. J. Rodgers

As the hon. Member for Hamilton (Mr. T. Fraser) said in moving the Amendment, an assurance was given by my right hon. Friend that if the hon. Member and his hon. Friends cared to move such an Amendment, it would be acceptable to us. The effect of the two Amendments is to remove all reference to the industrial estates coordinating committee. We are in agreement with that and, therefore, we have pleasure in accepting the Amendments.

Amendment agreed to.