§ [Queen's Recommendation signified]
§ Considered in Committee under Standing Order No. 88 (Money Committees.)
§ [Mr. SYDNEY IRVING in the Chair]
Motion made, and Question proposed,
That, for the purposes of any Act of the present Session to make provision with respect to financial assistance towards the provision, acquisition or improvement of dwellings and the provision of hostels. it is expedient to authorise the payment out of moneys provided by Parliament—
(1) of subsidies in respect of dwellings in England and Wales completed on or after 25th November, 1965, or the sites of such dwellings, or in respect of the cost of such dwellings, being dwellings approved for the purposes of that Act by the Minister of Housing and Local Government or the Secretary of State for Wales and provided by—
(2) of advances to local authorities on account of such subsidies as aforesaid which may become payable in respect of the sites of dwellings provided by them;
(3) of sums in lieu of subsidies which have ceased to be payable on the transfer or letting of any dwellings or other land;
(4) of any increase attributable to the said Act in the amounts payable out of moneys so provided under section 15 of the Housing (Financial Provisions) Act 1958;
(5) of any increase attributable to the said Act of the present Session in the sums payable out of moneys so provided by way of Rate-deficiency grant or Exchequer equalisation grant under the enactments relating to local government in England and Wales or in Scotland or by way of rate support grants to local authorities in England and Wales;
(6) of subsidies in respect of the provision, acquisition or improvement of dwellings in Great Britain given by way of payments to the lender towards the amounts due in respect of loans made on the security of an interest in land by local authorities, insurance companies, building societies, friendly societies, development corporations, the Commission for the New Towns, the Housing Corporation, the said Minister or Secretary of State or the Secretary of State for Scotland for the purpose of the provision, acquisition or improvement of dwellings on that land.—[Mr. Greenwood.]
§ 10.1 p.m.
§ Mr. H. P. G. Channon (Southend, West)
Mr. Irving, are we dealing with the Money Resolution, or are we in Committee of Ways and Means?
§ Mr. Channon
I do not think that we can allow this occasion to pass without a few moments' debate, because the Committee will realise that this is an historic occasion. I am glad that the Chief Secretary to the Treasury is present, because, owing to the decision taken by the House last night, this is the last time in the history of the House that a Money Resolution of this kind will be taken in Committee. This is due partly to the evidence given by the Chief Secretary to the Select Committee on Procedure, on which I had the honour to serve.
The Committee will realise that this practice of taking Money Resolutions in Committee goes back several hundred years. I do not think that the Committee would like this occasion to pass without realising that a small piece of Parliamentary history will be made on the next occasion when a Money Resolution of this kind is taken, because it will be taken in the House instead of in Committee.
§ The Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Housing and Local Government (Mr. James MacColl)
I, too, am glad to be able to participate in this historic occasion. I think that we can be pleased with this Money Resolution, because it is a broad one, and will give right hon. and hon. Gentlemen opposite an opportunity to exercise their ingenuity upstairs.
§ Question put and agreed to.
§ Resolution to be reported.
§ Report to be received Tomorrow.