HL Deb 23 July 1973 vol 344 cc1573-4

[No. 22]

Clause 12, page 12, line 39, at end insert— (6) The Secretary of State shall, when exercising any power conferred by sections 13 to 21 below, state the ground on which he is exercising it or, if he is exercising it by virtue of subsection (4) above, that he is so exercising it; but this subsection shall not apply where the Secretary of State has given notice under section 22 or 23 below of the proposed exercise of the power.


My Lords, I beg to move that this House doth agree with the Commons in their Amendment No. 22. The Amendment requires the Secretary of State to state the grounds on which he is exercising any of the powers in Clauses 13 to 21 in circumstances other than those covered by Clauses 22 and 23, which already require the ground to be stated. The reference to subsection (4) of Clause 12 is based on the view that the circumstances to which that subsection refers, authorisation or change of control, are matters of fact rather than grounds, in the sense of the term elsewhere in the clause. It is therefore only necessary to identify that subsection as the basis for action. The references to Clauses 22 and 23 makes it clear that the requirements of the Amendment do not duplicate those of those clauses.

Moved, That this House doth agree with the Commons in the said Amendment.—(The Earl of Limerick.)