HC Deb 16 March 1964 vol 691 cc1115-7
Mr. Stodart

I beg to move in page 53, line 37, at the end to insert: 'district board' has the same meaning as in the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Protection) (Scotland) Act 1951". Perhaps it might be convenient to take with this Amendment those in page 55, line 26; in page 56, line 39 and line 46; and in page 58, line 6.

Mr. Speaker

Yes, that will be convenient.

Mr. Stodart

These Amendments are required in order to make necessary Scottish adaptations. The first three merely insert in the interpretation Clause definitions of three terms "district board", "improvement committee" and "river purification authority"—which are used in the last of the five Amendments which we are considering.

The Amendment to page 56, line 46 amends the definition of "river works powers" in Clause 53 so that it will include powers under certain Scottish Acts—the Land Drainage (Scotland) Act, 1958, the Salmon Fisheries (Scotland) Act, 1868, and the Rivers (Prevention of Pollution) (Scotland) Act, 1951 and corresponding Scottish local enactments.

The Amendment to page 58, line 6, will bring into Clause 54 references to the bodies in Scotland which have powers to undertake works on rivers for purposes of drainage, freshwater fisheries or river purification. The effect of this is that, as in England and Wales, bodies without powers of that kind will not be regarded as harbour authorities and will thus not he caught up in the provisions of the Bill. These Amendments are strictly in line with those accepted for England and Wales. They are merely Scottish adaptations to comply with Scottish law.

Amendment agreed to.

Further Amendments made: In page 54, line 24, leave out "and a wharf" and insert: a wharf, and in Scotland a ferry or boatslip being a marine work".—[Mr. Stodart.]

In line 35, leave out "(1)" and insert "(4)".

In page 55, line 26, at end insert: improvement committee" has the meaning assigned to it by section 3(1) of the Land Drainage (Scotland) Act 1958.—[Vice-Admiral Hughes Hallett.]

In line 35, after "harbour", insert "ferry or boatslip".

In line 36, after "harbour", insert "ferry or boatslip".—[Mr Stodart.]

Mr. Stodart

I beg to move, in page 55, line 41, to leave out "a" and to insert "the".

I suggest that this and the two following Amendments might, for the convenience of the House, be taken together, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker

Yes, if the House so pleases.

Mr. Stodart

They make the important change of inserting the definite article for the indefinite in connection with the fishing industry.

Amendment agreed to.

Further Amendments made: In page 56, line 1, leave out "a" and insert "the".

In line 2, leave out "industry" and insert "industries".—[Mr Stodart.]

In line 39, at end insert: river purification authority" has the meaning assigned to it by section 17 of the Rivers (Prevention of Pollution) (Scotland) Act 1951".—[Vice-Admiral Hughes Hallett.]

In line 46, after "1963" insert: or by an improvement order under section I of the Land Drainage (Scotland) Act 1958 or by section 13 as read with section 41 of the Salmon Fisheries (Scotland) Act 1868 or by the Rivers (Prevention of Pollution) (Scotland) Act 1951 or by any local enactment relating to Scotland which confers powers corresponding to the powers conferred by an improvement order or which contains provisions corresponding to the provisions of the said Acts of 1868 and 1951".—[Mr. Stodart.]