HL Deb 26 April 1932 vol 84 c202

Message from the Commons that they concur in the Resolution of this House, communicated to them on April 21, on the subject of Gas Undertakings (Powers of Investment), as desired by this House.


My Lords, a few days ago the House gave consent to a proposal of mine that a Joint Committee should be set up to consider the powers of investment of gas undertakings. Consent has been given to that proposal in another place. I now venture to move the Motion standing in my name, and that the noble Lords whose names appear on the Paper be named of the Committee. I understand counsel will be admitted before the Committee. I beg to move.

Moved, That a Committee of five Lords be appointed to join with a Committee of the House of Commons to consider the interim recommendations, dated March 22, 1932, of the Gas Legislation Committee appointed by the Board of Trade, and generally the extent to which gas undertakers should be authorised to invest funds in other undertakings, and to report accordingly:

That the Lords following be named of the Committee—

That such Committee have power to agree with the Committee of the House of Commons in the appointment of a Chairman.—(The Earl of Onslow.)

On Question, motion agreed to.

Leave given to the Joint Committee to hear parties interested, by themselves, their counsel, agents and witnesses, so far as the Committee think fit.

Ordered, That a Message be sent to the Commons to acquaint them therewith, and to request them to appoint five members to be joined with the said Committee.

House adjourned at half past seven o'clock.