§ 10.30 a.m.
That if the proceedings on the Rural Water Supplies and Sewerage Bill are not completed at this day's sitting, the Committee do meet on Wednesday next at half-past Ten o'clock. —[Mr. Michael Heseltine.]
§ The Under-Secretary of State for the Environment (Mr. Michael Heseltine)
I beg to move,That the Chairman do now report to the House that the Committee recommend that the Rural Water Supplies and Sewerage Bill ought to be read a Second time.My introductory speech can be short. The purpose of the Bill is to remove the limit of £105 million which at the moment controls the level of grants which the Central Government can make to water and sewerage schemes. In a few months' time, if this Bill does not reach the Statute Book we will not have the power to go
§ on making grants. As all hon. Members of the Committee will know, this scheme has been going on for many years. It is our intention to keep it going and I hope, therefore, that it will not be necessary to go into protracted reasons explaining why this is necessary.
§ Simply, we believe that the procedures whereby, under the Vote, investigation and parliamentary control is maintained, are adequate, without there being a need to come back to this type of procedure every time we run out of authority.
§ Question put and agreed to.
§ Mr. Heseltine
On a point of Order. If it is not too early—or too late—in the proceedings, I must say that I have risen on numerous occasions to thank Chairmen of Committees for their excellent conduct, normally, about four or five months after Bills have been committed 591 to Standing Committee. I now have pleasure in doing so after four or five minutes. Your conduct has been exemplary, Miss Quennell, and I hope that it will be copied by every other Committee Chairman.
|THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS ATTENDED THE COMMITTEE:|
|Quennell, Miss (Chairman)||Johnson, Mr. James|
|Gorst, Mr.||Rossi, Mr.|
|Gummer, Mr. Selwyn||Tebbit, Mr.|
|Harper, Mr.||White, Mr. Roger|
|Heseltine, Mr. Michael||Woodhouse, Mr.|
§ Committee rose at twenty-seven minutes to Eleven o'clock.