HC Deb 11 November 1980 vol 992 c276

Lords amendment: No. 17, in page 17, line 5, leave out "subsection (2)" and insert "subsections (2) and (3)".

Mr. Fox

I beg to move, That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said amendment.

Mr. Deputy Speaker

With this we may take Lords amendment No. 18.

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.

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