HC Deb 26 April 1951 vol 487 cc94-5W
81. Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he has now investigated the cause of the irregularity in the laying of Statutory Instrument 1951 No. 413 before this House.

Mr. Bottomley

Yes. S.I. 1951 No. 413 brought into force two new Related Schedules and continued in force four Related Schedules. In accordance with the practice followed for some years the Board of Trade laid the Order together with the two new Related Schedules: they did not lay the four Related Schedules which were being continued in force and had previously been laid.

85. Sir H. Williams

asked the President to the Board of Trade why, in connection with Statutory Instruments 1951 Numbers 649, 650, 660 and 661, the respective Related Schedules were not attached to the Orders.

Mr. Bottomley

The practice of issuing schedules containing detailed specifications and prices separately from the Order which gives them legal force has been followed for many years and has been a great convenience to traders. It is designed to help them to find what they want quickly and economically. For instance, under the present system a person carrying on business as a men's outfitter need buy only a copy of one Order and one Related Schedule of 27 pages instead of buying an Order with a schedule of about 90 pages, or it may be that the office staff require copies of both the Order and Related Schedule, while the factory or warehouse staff may require only copies of the Related Schedule which gives specifications of the goods which may be made.