HC Deb 11 March 1970 vol 797 cc314-5W
37. Mr. Roebuck

asked the Lord President of the Council what rules the Jockey Club were required to alter, other than the rule that three black balls barring membership must be increased to nine, before the Privy Council advised that a Charter of Incorporation should be granted; and whether the memorandum on General Principles Governing the Grant of Charters, issued in November, 1966, will now be amended to make it clear that organisations having a similar rule will be treated as fully representative.

Mr. Peart

The principal changes made concern provisions for the holding of meetings and the keeping of minutes. In future, members who have requisitioned a special general meeting will be able to call a meeting themselves if the stewards fail to do so, and minutes will be required to be kept of meetings both of the stewards and committees. The power of the club to delegate functions to committees has also been limited.

On the second half of the Question, I see no reason to alter the memorandum.

38. Mr. Roebuck

asked the Lord President of the Council whether Condition No. 4 of the Principles Governing the Grant of Charters, published by his office in November, 1966, that an organisation must be fully representative of the interests it purports to serve, was taken into account when considering the Jockey Club application for a charter, in view of the fact that women are not allowed to be members of that organisation.

Mr. Peart

Yes, all the facts were taken into account. I do not think that the absence of women members makes the Jockey Club unrepresentative in this particular field.