§ Lords amendment: No. 17, in page 17, line 5, leave out "subsection (2)" and insert "subsections (2) and (3)".
§ Mr. Fox
These amendments would exempt from part III those labour forces employed by local authority port undertakings. The argument is that these work forces are integral parts of the ports' operational staff, that the undertakings as a whole are already subject to competitive stimulus and to the requirements to act as commercial businesses, and that the requirements of this part of the Bill are thus in substance already met by them. We accept that argument, and I therefore ask the House to agree to these related amendments.
§ Question put and agreed to.
§ Lords amendments Nos. 18 and 19 agreed to.