Clause 14. — (Enforcement of Certain Enactments and Regulations.)

Part of Orders of the Day — FOOD AND DRUGS AMENDMENT BILL [Lords] – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 3rd November 1954.

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Photo of Mr Moss Turner-Samuels Mr Moss Turner-Samuels , Gloucester 12:00 am, 3rd November 1954

Although the appeal made by the hon. Member for Bath (Mr. Pitman) that this should be considered is no doubt right, I would express the hope that, nevertheless, it will be rejected. It is quite clear that the time afforded by this provision is more than long enough. It does not say that the period has to be 14 days, but that it must not be fewer than 14 days, whereupon it is possible for the Minister to give even longer consideration before a notice is given.

All that it means is that when the notice is given there shall be that time, namely, 14 days, and that there shall accompany it a summary of the facts upon which the charges are founded. That is more than ample time, and to extend it beyond that period would be to the prejudice not only of the public but—and here I agree with the Minister—to the parties concerned.