HL Deb 31 July 1968 vol 296 c384

[No. 22]

Clause 20: leave out Clause 20.


My Lords, I leg to move that this House doth agree with the Commons in their Amendment No. 22. This Amendment, with which I would bracket Amendment 31, proposes to leave out Clause 20 because it is no longer required, permanent provision for the exercise of powers of the Board of Trade having now been made by the Industrial Expansion Act, 1968. The second Amendment is consequential to the first.

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


Briefly, I am sure that we accept that Clause 20 is now unnecessary because the Industrial Expansion Act offers the same blanket clause. It seems bad luck for practitioners of future aviation Acts, and this one in particular, to have to carry around a copy of the Industrial Expansion Act in order to understand the purpose of this particular clause. It seems to achieve the reverse of what the noble and learned Lord the Lord Chancellor has striven for over the last four years; that is, to make the law less of a jungle and more intelligible for the layman. This seems to be wholly against his policy.


The noble Earl may well have a point there, and I will bring it to the attention of the noble and learned Lord, the Lord Chancellor.

On Question, Motion agreed to.