HC Deb 20 March 1970 vol 798 c909

The following Amendment stood upon the Order Paper: No. 33, in page 8, line 42 leave out: 'collate and present evidence to the Medical Research Council' and insert: 'require the Medical Research Council to invite evidence'.

Mr. Ashley

There was some difficulty in Committee about the original Clause and this Amendment has been tabled to meet a commitment made by my hon. Friend the Member for Manchester, Wythenshaw (Mr. Alfred Morris). He promised in Committee, because of some rather mild misgivings expressed by the Minister, to table this Amendment. The point of it is to ensure that the evidence would be collated by one particular body. We did not have strong views as to whether it should be collated by the Secretary of State or the Medical Research Council. Our concern was to ensure that the evidence was collated. However, I now understand that the Government are now happy with the original Clause and I shall not therefore move the Amendment.

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