Clause 32. — (Minor and Consequential Amendments, Repeals and Savings.)

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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Amendments made: In page 27, line 1, leave out "and."

In page 27, line 2, after first "Act," insert: and the Slaughterhouses Act, 1954."—[Mr. Amory.]

Photo of Mr Henry Strauss Mr Henry Strauss , Norwich South

I beg to move, in page 27, line 20, after "made," to insert "by the Minister."

I think it would be for the convenience of the Committee if with this Amendment we took the two which follow. They are all consequential on the insertion in Clause 5 of the powers of the Board of Trade. That has necessitated some redrafting of this Clause. The first and third Amendments are directly consequential and I think need no further explanation. The second, which leaves out certain words, is, in conjunction with the next Amendment, which will be moved by my hon Friend, a more convenient way of sub-dividing the section as a result of the redrafting made necessary by the introduction of the powers of the Board of Trade.

Amendment agreed to.

Further Amendments made: In page 27, line 25, leave out from first "and," to "revoked," in line 27, and insert "may be varied or."

In page 27, line 28, at end, insert: (c) any order made by the Board of Trade under the said Regulation 2 and so in force shall continue in force and have effect as if contained in regulations made by the Board under section five of this Act and may be varied or revoked by such regulations accordingly.—[Mr. H. Strauss.]

Dr. Hill:

I beg to move, in page 27, line 35, at the end, to add: (4) Any regulations made under Part I or Part III of the principal Act and continued in force by virtue of paragraph (a) of the last foregoing subsection, and any order continued in force by virtue of paragraph (b) or paragraph (c) of that subsection, shall have effect (subject to any variation thereof by regulations under this Act) as if the regulations or order contained a provision making any contravention thereof, or failure to comply therewith, an offence under this Act. (5) Any such order as aforesaid shall also have effect,—

  1. (a) in the case of an order made by the Minister, as if it specified food and drugs authorities as the authority to enforce and execute within their area the provisions of the order; and
  2. (b) in the case of an order made by the Board of Trade, as if it specified local authorities for the purposes of the Weights and Measures Acts, 1878 to 1936, as the said authority.
This Amendment remedies an important omission. We co-opted the Defence Regulations without the necessary penalty and this omission we now seek to rectify.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.