§ 4.5 p.m.
§ THE JOINT PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY, MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES (THE EARL OF LISTOWEL)
My Lords, in moving the approval of this Order, I feel that I ought to apologise to the House for the fact that less time than usual has been given for its consideration. The reason for this somewhat hasty procedure is this. I understand that unless this Order is approved by Parliament by Tuesday next, April 17, the existing petrol scheme will continue and not lapse, which would involve the expenditure of public money and a great deal of administrative work. The Order was taken on Monday last in another place; it was considered and approved yesterday by the Special Orders Committee of your Lordships' House; and, as your Lordships do not meet tomorrow or on Monday of next week, this was the only opportunity for submitting it to the House for approval. I apologise for this haste, and I beg to move.
§ Moved, That the Petrol-driven Agricultural Machines (Grants) Revocation Scheme, 1951, reported from the Special Orders Committee yesterday be approved.—(The Earl of Listowel.)
§ On Question, Motion agreed to.