Clause 24. — (Provisions as to Arbitrations.)

Part of Orders of the Day — COAST PROTECTION BILL [Lords] – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 25 October 1949.

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Mr. McKie:

I thank the hon. Gentleman for what he has said, but to a layman like myself his quite simple words do not appear to make this somewhat complicated Amendment any more easy to understand. I hope that those who concern themselves with administering this new subsection will find their task easier than I have found the task of understanding what the new subsection means and my difficulty in listening to the Joint Under-Secretary and comprehending what he was trying to say. This matter teems with references, and all of us on both sides of the House deplore legislation by reference. If we wanted a prize product of that kind of thing, we could not have a better example than that before us.