HC Deb 11 May 1964 vol 695 cc117-8

Lords Amendment: In page 29, line 35, after "exigible" insert "(a)".

Vice-Admiral Hughes Hallett

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

This is a new Amendment, and it is linked with Amendments No. 50, 51, 52 and 53. Together these Amendments change one of the charges provisions of the Bill by bringing the nationalised transport boards within the scope of the Clause from the point of view of making lists of charges available for inspection.

As drafted, the Clause provides for the publication of these dues only by non-nationalised harbours and local lighthouse authorities. The requirement on this matter for nationalised ports is to be found in the 1962 Transport Act. The requirement placed by that Act on the boards differs from that placed on non-nationalised harbours by the Bill, because the boards are required to publish all their charges whereas this Clause requires publication only of ship, passenger and goods dues.

We feel that the boards should be put on the same basis as non-nationalised harbours. That is effected by these Amendments which bring the boards under the wing of this Clause, and by a later Amendment to Schedule 6 which provides for the repeal of paragraph 6(1) of the Ninth Schedule to the Transport Act. I repeat that the next four Amendments are directly linked with this one.

Question put and agreed to.

Subsequent Lords Amendments agreed to.