HL Deb 07 March 1987 vol 487 cc297-8

22 Clause 24, page 18, line 8, leave out "the relevant" and insert "any".

23 Page 18, line 9, after "authority", insert "which in the opinion of the Pilotage Commission have been used, have accrued or, as the case may be, have been incurred exclusively in connection with its pilotage functions".

24 Page 18, line 13, leave out from "vesting" to "in" in line 14.

25 Page 18, line 16, leave out from "itself' to end of line 18 and insert "of any property rights and liabilities of the pilotage authority which, in the opinion of the Commission, have been used, have accrued or, as the case may be, have been incurred exclusively in connection with the authority's pilotage functions; (b) may make similar provisions as to any such property rights and liabilities which, in the opinion of the Commission have been used, have accrued or, as the case may be, have been incurred substantially but not exclusively in connection with those functions; and

26 Page 18, line 22, leave out "relates to service" and insert "calculated by reference to remuneration paid and service given".

27 Page 18, line 23, at end insert "or guaranteed".

28 Page 18, line 23, at end insert— () Proposals submitted under subsection (2) above may include such supplementary and incidental provision in connection with the matters there mentioned as the Pilotage Commission considers appropriate.

29 Page 18, line 28, leave out "abolished" and insert "pilotage".

30 Page 18, line 37, leave out subsections (7) and (8).

31 Page 18, line 45, at end insert— () Nothing in this section shall require a scheme to make provision for the vesting in a competent harbour authority of any property, rights or liabilities already vested in it in its capacity as a pilotage authority. () The Pilotage Commission may require any pilotage authority to furnish it within such time and in such form as the Commission may specify with such information as it considers necessary for the purpose of formulating the proposals to be submitted by it under this section; and any member of the Commission or person appointed by it for the purpose may inspect any books, documents or other records in the possession of the authority relating to any matter in respect of which information is required to be furnished under this subsection.".

32 Clause 25, page 19, line 37, at beginning insert "(a)".

33 Page 19, line 41, leave out from beginning to "all" in line 42 insert "; and (b) without prejudice to paragraph (a) above—

34 Page 19, line 45, leave out "(b)" and insert "(ii)".

35 Page 19, line 49, leave out "Subsections (4) and (5) above are" and insert "Subsection (4) above is".

36 Page 20, line 32, leave out "(5)" and insert "(4)(b)".

37 Page 20, line 35, leave out "(5)" and insert "(4)(b)".

Lord Brabazon of Tara

My Lords, with the leave of the House, I beg to move that this House do agree with the Commons in their Amendments Nos. 22 to 37 en bloc. Only four of these amendments are of substance. Amendments Nos. 26 and 27 relate to the obligation which, under a scheme under Clause 24, can be placed on CHAs in respect of pension liabilities of the former pilotage authorities. They make it clear that the liability can relate only to the proportion of a pension which arose and accrued at the appointed day and that, instead of funding the pensions, a CHA may be allowed to guarantee their payment.

Amendments Nos. 28 and 31 give the Pilotage Commission powers to obtain information needed for the preparation of the transfer schemes, allow it to put forward supplementary proposals in submitting its schemes and provide that schemes need not be drawn up where a CHA is already responsible for pilotage. The remaining amendments in this group are all drafting amendments. I beg to move.

Moved, That this House do agree with the Commons in the said amendments.—(Lord Brabazon of Tara.)

Lord Underhill

My Lords, I thank the Minister for explaining these amendments. Frankly, when I looked at the record of the other place I found that no debate had taken place. There was not even an explanation from the Minister. The various amendments were moved, and that was an end of the matter. I am grateful that the Minister has given us that explanation.

Incidentally, I notice that comments have been made upon the detailed attention that your Lordships have given to this Bill on a number of occasions in this House. Now that the Minister has explained the position, my advisers are satisfied and we accept the amendment.

On Question, Motion agreed to.