§ [Queen"s Recommendation signified]
§ Considered in Committee under Standing Order No. 84 (Money Committees).
§ [Sir SAMUEL STOREY in the Chair]
Motion made, and Question proposed,
That, for the purposes of any Act of the present Session to make further provision for the constitution and proceedings of the Monopolies Commission, for the matters dealt with by the Monopolies and Restrictive Practices (Inquiry and Control) Act 1948 and related matters and for preventing or controlling mischiefs that may result from mergers of businesses or similar transactions, it is expedient to authorise the payment out of moneys provided by Parliament—
§ 10.1 p.m.
§ Mr. Charles Fletcher-Cooke (Darwen)
I should like to ask a question concerning the Money Resolution and the possibility of moving Amendments in Committee for the appointment of a Registrar for the Monopolies Commission. I do not want to rehearse the arguments at this stage. In his very fair reply, the Minister of State said that it was rather difficult to deal with the matter now and that we must await another Bill.
Suppose that we decide that we want to do it now and that we wish to move an Amendment in Committee to institute a Registrar for the Monopolies Commission for the purposes that we have argued on Second Reading. Is the Money Resolution wide enough to enable such Amendments to be tabled and to be called?
§ Mr. Anthony Barber (Altrincham and Sale)
Is it not in order, Sir Samuel, to ask the Minister questions concerning the scope of the Financial Resolution? If so, I wonder whether he can tell us whether this question is within the scope of the Money Resolution?
§ The President of the Board of Trade (Mr. Douglas Jay)
It is not for me to give a ruling about what is in order in Committee, but I would say this. Certainly, neither I nor my hon. Friend would have any wish to exclude discussion of this topic from the proceedings in Committee.
§ Mr. J. T. Price (Westhoughton)
May I add another question, which arises from paragraph (c) of the Money Resolution which authorises the paymentof any pension or similar benefits payable to or in respect of deputy-chairmen of the Monopolies Commission, and of any increase in respect of service as deputy-chairman in those payable to or in respect of the chairman.Were the conditions under which pensions were payable laid down originally in the 1948 Act? If not, are new arrangements being made and is this Money Resolution, to which the Queen"s Recommenadtion has been signified, seeking to vary or in any way amend any previous provisions which have been made?
In other words, is it merely carrying over an existing liability and may I be assured that it is not creating any liability of which the House should know details before passing the Resolution?
§ Question put and agreed to.
§ Resolution to be reported.
§ Report to be received Tomorrow.