HC Deb 14 January 1975 vol 884 cc297-9

8.45 p.m.

Mr. John Smith

I beg to move Amendment No. 12, in page 7, line 2, leave out from 'him' to end of line.

Mr. Deputy Speaker

With this amendment, we may consider Government Amendments Nos. 13 and 14.

Mr. Smith

Amendment No. 12 is to clarify that the Secretary of State has power to delegate powers to a harbour authority to be exercised in the designated sea area which is outwith the normal area of jurisdiction.

Amendment No. 13 is to honour an undertaking given in Committee. Its purpose is to provide that, before the Secretary of State makes an order under Clause 7(1), as read with subsection (3), delegating to an authority his power to enforce licence conditions and regulations in a designated sea area which is outside its own area but which is within the area of a harbour authority, he must consult that harbour authority.

Amendment No. 14, another Government amendment, is a drafting amendment which is consequential on an Opposition amendment to Clause 7(1) which we accepted in Committee. Since the words "body or person" were deleted at one point, they have to be deleted here. I hope the House will agree to these amendments.

Mr. Buchanan-Smith

On Amendment No. 13, I raised a point concerning the harbour authority in Committee and would like to thank the Government for meeting me at least part way on this matter.

Amendment agreed to.

Amendments made: No. 13, in page 7, line 11, at end insert: 'but before making an order which confers jurisdiction as aforesaid to exercise powers in an area which includes any part of the area of a harbour authority, the Secretary of State shall consult with the said harbour authority.

No. 14, in page 7, line 13, leave out, body or person '.—[Mr. John Smith.]

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