CLAUSE 4 (Postponement of laying before Parliament of statements of payments and receipts, etc.).

Orders of the Day — War Damage (Amendment) Bill. – in the House of Commons on 18th June 1942.

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Photo of Mr George Garro-Jones Mr George Garro-Jones , Aberdeen North

I beg to move, in page 3, line 17, to leave out "fifty-six or section."

The House will observe that there are four successive Amendments on the Order Paper in the names of myself and my hon. Friend the Member for Bassetlaw (Mr. Bellenger). I do not propose to detain the House by speaking at length on each of them. I shall say what I have to say on the first, as the others are consequential. The only point at issue is whether the statement of contributions and payments under Part I of the Act should be published annually by the Chancellor of the Exchequer. The effect of these Amendments, if they are accepted, will be that in November of this year the first statement will be published. These Amendments were proposed in another form on the Committee stage; they are now proposed in a form which commends itself more to the Parliamentary draftsman.

Photo of Mr Frederick Bellenger Mr Frederick Bellenger , Bassetlaw

I beg to second the Amendment.

I gathered from remarks which were made by the Chancellor on the last occasion this matter was discussed that the accounts will not necessarily be published in November, but that they could be published before then.

Photo of Mr George Garro-Jones Mr George Garro-Jones , Aberdeen North

The only point is that it is obligatory on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to publish them by November. If he publishes them before, everybody will be all the more pleased.

Photo of Sir Kingsley Wood Sir Kingsley Wood , Woolwich West

We accept these Amendments.

Amendment agreed to.

Further Amendments made:

In page 3, line 17, leave out "provide," and insert "provides."

In line 19, leave out "Part I and."

In line 19, leave out "respectively."—[Mr. Garro Jones.]