HC Deb 14 April 1967 vol 744 cc1577-8
Mr. Cordle

I beg to move Amendment No. 50, in page 19, line 7, after '14' to insert: 'subsection (2) of section 18 and the said subsection (5) as applied by subsection (6) of section 16'. Amendment No. 62 is consequential on this Amendment.

The effect of the Amendment is that certain orders which the Bill authorises will not have to be made by Statutory Instrument but by Ministerial act, not subject to Parliamentary procedure. These orders are, first, an order of the court under Clause 18(2) ordering payment of the charges under Clause 18 for removal, custody and disposal of an abandoned vehicle. Court orders are never made by Statutory Instrument. The second case is an order under Clause 16(6) made by the Minister of Transport, or the Secretary of State, ordering a local authority to fulfil its duty to remove an abandoned motor vehicle in accordance with Clause 16. Since such an order would relate only to a motor vehicle or vehicles, it is not of sufficient importance to warrant its being made by Statutory Instrument.

Mr. John Morris

Needless to say, this Amendment applies to England, Scotland, Wales and Monmouthshire. We were glad to have the intervention of the hon. and learned Member for Buckinghamshire, South (Mr. Ronald Bell) who spoke most persuasively. He had the privilege of being a Member for part of Monmouthshire for six—or was it eieht?—weeks.

Mr. Ronald Bell


Amendment agreed to.

Further Amendment made: No. 62, in page 19, line 9, after '14', insert: 'and subsections (8) and (9) of section 16'.—[Mr. Cordle.]