HC Deb 26 June 1969 vol 785 c1864
Mr. MacColl

I beg to move Amendment No. 116, in page 45, line 29, after 'maintenance', insert 'or'.

Mr. Deputy Speaker (Mr. Sydney Irving)

With this Amendment I think that it would be convenient to discuss Government Amendments Nos. 117, 118. 119 and 121.

Mr. MacColl

This is something about which we all got angry in Committee, when we got into a complicated argument about what was a service and what was not a service. I went back over the debate and found it impossible to meet the points made except by removing "additional matter" altogether and that is what we propose. We are prepared to take out those words and thus make clear that payments for appropriate services are not part of rents for this purpose.

Mr. Peter Walker

Because of the manner in which the hon. Gentleman has moved this, it is, alas, impossible for me to continue the anger. We accept the Amendment.

Mr. Maddan

This Clause has been a matter of considerable importance. My hon. Friend the Member for Crosby (Mr. Graham Page) has been agitating for a considerable period and at last it looks as if we are getting somewhere near a sensible solution. I am delighted that "additional matter" disappears. It is a matter of considerable concern to us. I am at a loss to understand the explanation we have been given for Amendment No. 121.

Amendment agreed to.

Further Amendments made: No. 117, in page 45, line 30, leave out 'or any additional matter'.

No. 118, in page 45, line 41, at end insert 'and'.

No. 119, in page 45, line 43, leave out from '1939' to end of line 5 on page 46,—[Mr. MacColl.]

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