Clause 7. — (Short title, construction and extent.)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons on 19th November 1931.

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Photo of Mr Walter Runciman Mr Walter Runciman , St Ives

Do not be in a hurry. They will come in due course. The only objection that has been taken to this Bill in principle by the right hon. Gentleman opposite is that it is a regulating Bill. We claim the right to regulate our own affairs. It is a little surprising to hear the Socialists objecting to regulations. The whole method and process of the Socialist State is that we should live under a complete code of regulations. We, on the other hand, have incorporated it into this Bill, although it is only one step, and perhaps only a small step, to deal with the whole problem of taking command of our own destiny. We trust that, having done that, we shall now be able to give freer play to our national recuperative capacity.