HL Deb 24 July 1934 vol 93 cc979-80

Amendments reported (according to Order).

Clause 8:

Provisions as to revocation of schemes.

"(2) Where a administered by sums have become, or are to be deemed to have become, payable under the foregoing provisions of this Act is revoked by order of the Minister under paragraph 2 of Part II of the First Schedule to the Agricultural Marketing Act, 1931, then, for the purpose of the winding up of the board, the amount of the said sums (less the amount of any sums which, immediately before the revocation takes effect, have been, or are to be deemed to have been, paid under the said provisions by the board to the Minister) shall be deemed to be a debt due from the board to the Crown and provable by the Minister; and if, within one month from the date on which the revocation takes effect, the Minister publishes in the Gazette a notice stating that, by reason that proceedings are pending or for any other reason, the amount of the sums payable under the foregoing provisions of this Act to the board has not been ascertained, no distribution of the assets of the board shall be made in the winding up until the said amount has been ascertained."

THE PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY OF THE MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES (EAEL DE LA WARR) moved, in subsection (2), after "revoked," to insert "before the beginning of April, nineteen hundred and thirty-eight." The noble Earl said: My Lords, this is really quite a small Amendment, introduced in response to a point that has been raised. At present it is quite clear under the Bill that, unless the cheese price of milk rises above sixpence in the summer or sevenpence in the winter, there is no liability on the Milk Board to repay the advance. That is perfectly clear, providing the Milk Board continue in existence. But what appears on a further examination of the Bill is that if, say in 1940 or later, the Milk Marketing Scheme were to be revoked and the Milk Board to wind up its affairs, then there might lie on them a liability for repaying this advance—a liability which would not rest with them if they were continuing. That was not the intention of the Government in putting this Bill before Parliament, and this Amendment will clear the matter up.

Amendment moved— Page 10, line 23, afer ("revoked") insert the said words.—(Earl De La Warr.)

On Question, Amendment agreed to.