New Clause. — (Amendment of Vehicles (Excise) Act, 1949, as to Tower Wagons.)

Part of Orders of the Day — Finance Bill – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 3rd July 1957.

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Photo of Mr Harold Wilson Mr Harold Wilson , Huyton 12:00 am, 3rd July 1957

Since tributes are flying around the Committee at this late hour, I think a small word of thanks should be said to the Financial Secretary and the Chancellor, who must have authorised him to do so, for accepting this Clause. The Treasury Bench has been unusually obdurate during this stage of the Bill and not very forthcoming in accepting all the more important and valuable new Clauses and Amendments which have been moved, but it is very good that it has been able to accept this one.

As tributes are being paid, I think every tribute should be paid to my hon. Friend the Member for Dudley (Mr. Wigg) for discovering an important subject of this kind and embodying it in a Clause and especially for getting it in order. I think he was advised by all the financial pundits on this side of the Committee that his chances of getting it in order were extremely small. That he not only did so, almost unaided, but managed to secure that it was called, with your good will and tolerance, Sir William, and that of the Chairman of Ways and Means, and went on to persuade the Treasury to accept it, reveals a devotion to Parliamentary duty almost unrivalled, at any rate in the course of this Committee stage, and a great degree of success in all he has done.

I would use the words he used more than once in paying tribute to the workers and management in Dudley, their ingenuity and courage. I think those words should be applied also to him and, even though it is almost midnight, I hope that his efforts on behalf of his constituency will not go unnoticed in Dudley.