HL Deb 10 May 1932 vol 84 cc353-5

Constitution and Proceedings of Wheat Commission.

1. The Commission shall be a body corporate by the name of the "Wheat Commis- sion" with a common seal and power to hold land without licence in mortmain, and shall consist of a chairman, a vice-chairman, and fifteen other persons appointed by the Minister.

2. Of the members of the Commission other than the chairman and vice-chairman there shall be appointed—

  1. (a) as representing the interests of the growers of home-grown millable wheat, four members;
  2. (d) as representing the interests of dealers in home-grown millable wheat, two members;
and before appointing any person as representing the interests of consumers of flour the Minister shall (except in the case of a person appointed as representing the interests of bakers of bread) consult the Board of Trade, and before appointing any person as representing bakers of bread or any of the other classes of persons aforesaid the Minister shall consult such bodies as, in his opinion, represent that class.

EARL DE LA WARR moved, in paragraph 1, to leave out "fifteen" and insert "seventeen." The noble Earl said: My Lords, it was proposed by one of your Lordships at an earlier stage to increase the number of representatives of the farmers on the Wheat Commission. At that time it was felt that the numbers and the proportions of the Wheat Commission had been arranged so carefully and after such delicate negotiations with the various interests that it would be unwise to alter the numbers. Since then, however, we have discussed the matter with the interested parties, and they are quite satisfied with the proposed alterations, which go some way to meet the point of the noble Lord who raised this matter.

Amendment moved— Page 30, line 8, leave out ("fifteen") and insert ("seventeen").—(Earl De La Warr.)


My Lords, I am very glad that the noble Earl has to a certain extent accepted the Amendment which was down in my name. I am glad to see that he is progressing in the right way, and in future he will perhaps accept some of our Amendments.

On Question, Amendment agreed to.


My Lords, the next two Amendments are consequential.

Page 30, line 13, leave out ("four") and insert ("five").

Page 30, line 20, leave out ("two") and insert ("three").—(Earl De La Warr.)

On Question, Amendments agreed to.

Bill passed, and returned to the Commons.