HC Deb 22 May 1974 vol 874 cc347-8

As amended, considered.

Mr. Prescott

As the debate on this Bill was denied due to the collapse of business on Monday night, and financial information on a confidential basis which was originally refused has been provided by the board, I do not wish to move the new clauses, and I do not press the new clauses and amendments to the Bill tabled by myself and the name of my hon. Friend the Member for Kingston upon Hull, Central (Mr. McNamara). We have vindicated the rights of Members of Parliament regarding access to such information from nationalised industries, but an unsatisfactory definition of Members' rights has been revealed, upon which I hope the Government will consult the Select Committee on Nationalised Industries in order to correct the situation in this new ports legislation, thus preventing the necessity to stop Private Bills in order to assert hon. Members' rights and uphold their responsibilities to their constituents.

Mr. McNamara

In supporting what my hon. Friend the Member for Kingston upon Hull, East (Mr. Prescott) said, and in agreeing to withdraw the amendments and objections, I wish to make two further points. The Bill contains wide and extensive police powers and the House should consider whether a Private Bill is the right means of extending police powers. Secondly, the House should consider whether information given to hon. Members should be so restricted, on a confidential basis, that, they being satisfied, they cannot then satisfy their constituents.

Bill to be read the Third time.