HC Deb 06 April 1973 vol 854 cc820-1


Mr. Wiggin

I beg to move Amendment No. 28, in page 15, line 40, leave out from beginning to second 'any' in line 41.

It may help the House if I say that ! propose to move Amendments Nos. 29 to 45 formally.

Mr. Emery

We are taking a number of amendments and before they are agreed to I should like to say something about Amendment No. 41.

The purpose of this amendment is to substitute definitions of fineness, standard of fineness and minimum fineness for the earlier single definition of minimum fineness, since all these terms now appear in the Bill. The definition of minimum fineness for gold and for silver is in accord with the present law, while that for platinum is the same as in most countries which have set a legal standard for this metal.

The definition of the word "export" is eliminated. It is no longer necessary, because of Part II of the new schedule. This is an important amendment, and in order to help the trade and those concerned with the industry who may have studied the Bill but may not have realised exactly what has happened, it seemed right to draw attention to the provision as it will be.

Mr. David Watkins

Following what the Under-Secretary said, I think that point of clarification needed to be made. It is important, because it is a highly technical matter, as indeed are all the other amendments. I intervened merely to say that we support these and have no objection to their being taken formally.

Amendment agreed to

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