HC Deb 18 February 1976 vol 905 cc1396-7

Amendment made: No. 49, in page 4, leave out lines 12 and 13.—[Mr. Alec Jones.]

Mr. Alec Jones

I beg to move Amendment No. 50, in page 4, line 16, leave out from beginning to 'by' in line 17 and insert— '"Public sewer" has the meaning assigned to it'. This is a drafting amendment to delete the reference to "local statutory provision". That expression occurs only in Clause 2, which has the effect of inserting it into Section 30 of the Water Act 1973, which we were seeking to redefine. It is already defined, however, in that Act, so it is not necessary to define it again.

Amendment agreed to.

Mr. Alec Jones

I beg to move Amendment No. 51, in page 4, line 20, leave out '26 to 36' and insert '31 to 34'.

The Second Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means (Mr. Bryant Godman Irvine)

With this we may take Government Amendment No. 52.

Mr. Jones

Again, this is a purely drafting amendment, but I had better explain it, as I saw the right hon. Member for Crosby (Mr. Page) looking askance when I so briefly described the last amendment. Sections 31 to 34 of the General Rate Act are the only sections to which we wish to apply our Order under Clause 1(8) of the Bill. Those sections cover the four nationalised industries rated by formula—gas, electricity, the Post Office and the water industry itself.

Amendment No. 52 is also drafting. It seeks to take account of an amendment to the General Rate Act 1967 which was made in the Local Government Act 1974.

Amendment agreed to.

Amendment made; No. 52, in page 4, line 21, at end add 'and includes rating under any order made by virtue of section 19 of the Local Government Act 1974 amending any of those sections.'.—[Mr. Alec Jones.]

Clause 3, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.

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