HC Deb 17 July 1963 vol 681 cc660-1

Lords Amendment: In page 26, line 11, at end insert: being a container which is delivered with the goods".

9.45 p.m.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade (Mr. David Price)

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

This Amendment deals with a minor point. Clause 23 provides that delivery notes shall be provided in certain circumstances, and subsection (4) lists exemptions from this requirement. Subsection (4,c) exempts goods made up for sale in containers marked with their quantity. The Amendment now limits this exemption to goods in such containers which are delivered with the goods. If the containers are not delivered with the goods, the purchaser does not have a record of the quantity delivered, and we therefore feel that there should be no general exemption from the requirements to supply a delivery note.

Question put and agreed to.

Lords Amendment: In page 26, line 20, leave out "or".

Mr. D. Price

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

It might be convenient, Mr. Speaker, if, with this Amendment, we took that in page 26, line 21, since the Amendment I have just moved is consequential on the second.

These Amendments make it unnecessary to supply delivery notes in the case of goods that are delivered to the buyer by means of a permanent installation between the premises of the buyer and the seller. Obvious examples are liquid gas, which is, in some cases, piped by the manufacturers to customers' premises, and water, which is delivered by pipe and sold by the gallon. It seems to us obviously impracticable to provide written statements of quantity with every delivery in such circumstances.

There is the long-stop position that this exemption, like others in subsection (4) of the Clause, may be varied or revoked by Order, so that if, in the future, it became appropriate to deal with these pipeline sales in some other way, we have power to provide accordingly.

Question put and agreed to.

Subsequent Lords Amendment agreed to.