HC Deb 30 March 1979 vol 965 c801
Mr. Clinton Davis

I beg to move amendment No. 33, in page 38, line 27, leave out Clause 31.

Mr. Deputy Speaker

With this we may take Government amendments Nos. 39. 40 and 42.

Mr. Davis

It is perhaps appropriate that at this stage I mention that in the wider interests of securing this Bill—I am grateful for the help that the Opposition have offered in this respect—the Government felt that it was necessary to make this concession by deleting clause 31. We in no way resile from the propositions that we advanced in Committee. We think that it is a mistaken judgment on the part of the industry, the General Council of British Shipping and the Opposition to take the view that they have, but there is a genuine disagreement among us. However, the overwhelming and paramount necessity is to get the Bill. Therefore, we have made this concession, but we reserve the right to come back to it when we next form a Government.

Amendment agreed to.

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