HC Deb 13 March 1963 vol 673 c1434
Mr. D. Price

I beg to move, in page 41, line 32, to leave out from "be" to "direct" in line 33 and to insert: subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament". During the debate in Committee on Clause 35, the right hon. Member for Battersea, North (Mr. Jay) moved some Amendments which would have had the effect of taking away from the Board of Trade powers to designate, by order, local weights and measures authorities within the Greater London area. During the debate, he suggested that an order under this Clause should not be simply a matter for the Board of Trade, but should be a matter for Parliament to decide upon. When I made my reply, I was under the impression that these orders could be prayed against, but I have since discovered that I was wrong. I apologise to hon. Members who were Members of the Committee for having given a false impression.

The Government agree with the view expressed by the right hon. Member for Battersea, North, that Parliament should have the final say in connection with any such order. The Amendment would ensure this.

Mr. Darling

We are very grateful for the Amendment. We thought that there was a weakness in the original Clause, and this will now remove it.

Amendment agreed to.