Clause 1. — (Constitution of Authority.)

Part of Orders of the Day — Cereals Marketing Bill – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 9th March 1965.

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Photo of Mr James Stodart Mr James Stodart , Edinburgh West 12:00 am, 9th March 1965

I need not detain the House for long on this matter. Perhaps, in the interests of accuracy, I might mention that I thought that I heard the Minister say that there would be one representative of the interests of Scotland. I think that he meant to say "at least one".

This was the second Amendment on the Committee's Notice Paper. It was the first one which the Government accepted in principle. They gave us an undertaking that they would look at the matter again and I think that it set the seal upon the very smooth way in which, on the whole, the Committee worked. I am obliged to the Minister of State and his right hon. Friend for accepting the principle of the Amendment and I would like them to know the great satisfaction which this will give to Scottish agriculturists.

When the Minister of State said that the Amendment was readily accepted, I would merely venture to say that his right hon. Friend said that he had been persuaded of the rightness of this; and persuasion is bound to follow a state of mild reluctance. Be that as it may, I welcome the Amendment.