HL Deb 30 June 1948 vol 157 c96

Clause 13, page 10, line 17, leave out from ("may,") to end of line 18.

Clause 13, page 10, line 21, leave out from ("under,") to end of line 21, and insert ("the said Act of 1948 ")


My Lords, your Lordships will remember that subsection (3) empowers a local authority to accommodate a child aged three or over for not more than fourteen days in premises provided under the National Assistance Act. The Secretary of State is authorised to approve an extension of the period of fourteen days. This Amendment provides that the Secretary of State cannot give his approval for more than eight weeks. That means to say that the matter must be kept constantly under review. We all agree that such accommodation is undesirable, and that there should be a limitation on the powers of the Secretary of State. These remarks apply to the next two Amendments to this clause. I beg to move.

Moved, That this House do agree with the Commons in the said Amendments.—(The Lord Chancellor.)

On Question, Motion agreed to.