HC Deb 11 May 1964 vol 695 cc103-4

Lords Amendment: In page 13, line 17, leave out "harbour or pier" and insert: or pier elsewhere than at a harbour which is for the time being a fishery harbour or marine work or for the purposes of a harbour which is not for the time being a fishery harbour or marine work.

Vice-Admiral Hughes Hallett

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

This, technically, is a new Amendment, although I would be prepared to agree that it might be described as a drafting Amendment inasmuch as it corrects a mistake in the Bill as originally drafted. It alters Clause 13 by excluding fishery harbours and marine works in the provisions of paragraph (b) of subsection (2), which requires that no advance or loan shall be made under Section 9 of the Public Loans Act, 1875.

The House will recall that a large number of Amendments were moved in Standing Committee and on Report with the object of bringing fishery harbours and marine works within the scope of the Bill. One of the unintended effects of these changes in the Bill was that fishery harbours and marine works were disqualified, I must confess inadvertently, from getting financial assistance from the Public Works Loan Commissioners.

The Amendment puts this right and ensures that these harbours will continue to be eligible for this form of assistance.

Question put and agreed to.