BILSTON CORPORATION BILL. [By Order.]

Private Business. – in the House of Commons on 28th July 1942.

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Lords Amendments considered.

Photo of Mr Dennis Herbert Mr Dennis Herbert , Watford

I beg to move, "That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendments."

The House may remember that this was on the Order Paper a week ago, and it was then postponed for a short time as the Lords Amendments had only then very recently been made available to Members in the usual way. I understand that those who asked for the postponement in respect of the Amendments are now satisfied, and I therefore beg to move them, and to explain them. The Amendments are roughly as follow: (1) A reduction in the area of protection of one of the promoters' wells; (2) Limitation on the promoters' powers of abstracting water; (3) The deletion of Clauses as to the breaking-up of boundary streets and as to trunk mains; (4) Various protective provisions for the benefit of the Wolverhampton Corporation, the South Staffordshire Water Company and others; (5) Other purely drafting Amendments.

Photo of Mr William Thorne Mr William Thorne , West Ham Plaistow

Can the right hon. Gentleman tell us whether any serious dents are made in the Bill by these Amendments?

Photo of Mr Dennis Herbert Mr Dennis Herbert , Watford

I am not quite sure what a serious dent is, but acting on my opinion I should say, "No."

Question put, and agreed to.