§ Read 3a (according to Order).
§ Clause 60:
§ Special provisions as to certain railways of London Passenger Transport Board.
§ (4) The provisions of Part I of the Board of Trade Arbitrations, &c., Act, 1874, shall have effect for the purposes of subsection (2) of this section as if references to the Minister of Transport were substituted in that Part of the said Act for the references to the Board of Trade.
§ THE PARLIAMENTARY UNDERSECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE COLONIES (THE EARL OF PLYMOUTH) moved, in subsection (4), to leave out "subsection (2) of." The noble Earl said: My Lords, I owe your Lordships a short explanation with regard to this Amendment. It is designed to correct what is clearly an error in subsection (4) of Clause 60. This subsection was inserted as an Amendment made by the Joint Committee, who took the view that in order to preserve the existing law Part I of the Board of Trade Arbitrations, etc., Act, 1874, ought to be applied in relation to the exercise by the Minister of Transport of his powers under subsection (2) of this clause. Owing to an inadvertence, the attention of the Joint Committee was not drawn to the fact that similar powers are conferred on 793 the Minister under subsection (1). I am advised that, for the purposes of the Act of 1874, no distinction can be drawn between the Minister of Transport's powers under subsection (1) and his powers under subsection (2) of this clause, and that in order to preserve the existing law it is necessary to extend the Act of 1874 to the Minister of Transport for all the purposes of Clause 60 of the Bill, This is the effect of the Amendment which I now move.
Page 43, line 11, leave out (" subsection (2) of ").—(The Earl of Plymouth.)
§ THE EARL OF LISTOWEL
My Lords, on behalf of the London County Council I should like to say that they welcome this Amendment very warmly and hope that your Lordships may see your way to insert it in the Bill.
§ On Question, Amendment agreed to.
§ Bill passed, and sent to the Commons.