HL Deb 09 November 1943 vol 129 cc562-3

Clause 1, page 1, line 13, leave out ("authorizing") and insert ("permitting").


My Lords, there is only one Amendment which has been made in another place. It is purely a drafting Amendment, which seeks to substitute "permitting" for "authorizing" in Clause 1 of the Bill. The object of the Amendment is to make it abundantly clear that the licences which the Board of Trade would be empowered to issue so as to allow traders to restrict their sales in a specified manner, or to impose specified conditions of sale, will be permissive and not mandatory. This has always been the intention, but during the Committee stage in the House of Commons private Members expressed doubt whether the existing wording would make the permissive nature of the licences sufficiently plain to the trading community. This Amendment which is before your Lordships was moved by the honourable Member for East Leicester, and was accepted by my honourable and gallant friend the Parliamentary Secretary on behalf of His Majesty's Government. I beg to move that this House doth agree with the Commons in the said Amendment.

Moved, That this House doth agree with the Commons in the said Amendment.— (Lord Templemore.)

On Question, Motion agreed to.

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