Clause 20. — (Provisions as to Orders.)

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Photo of Mr George Darling Mr George Darling , Sheffield, Hillsborough 12:00 am, 14th April 1965

I beg to move Amendment No. 58, in page 21, line 37, at the end to insert: (3) Any order under this Act which designates an area for the purposes of section 1(2)(b) of this Act shall cease to have effect at the end of the period of twenty-eight days beginning with the day on which the order is made (but without prejudice to anything previously done under the order or to the making of a new order) unless before the end of that period the order is approved by a resolution of each House of Parliament.(4) In reckoning any period for the purposes of the last preceding subsection, no account shall be taken of any time during which Parliament is dissolved or prorogued or during which both Houses are adjourned for more than four days. It might be convenient to discuss at the same time Amendment No. 59, in line 39, after "Act", insert other than any such order as is mentioned in subsection (3) of this section". The purpose of the Amendment is to carry out an undertaking that we gave in Committee—a most important undertaking—and I do not think that I need to spell it out in great detail. We were asked whether we would accept the affirmative procedure for dealing with orders that might be made designating new areas for the purpose of office control under the Bill. We pointed out the difficulty of accepting the affirmative procedure unless we could put a stop on the operation, so that there would be no forestalling.

I think that the undertaking which we gave in Committee was accepted, and we have proceeded to carry it out. I am sure that it will be greatly welcomed, particularly by the hon. Member for Crosby (Mr. Graham Page), who fought us so hard on this matter, and we were very glad to give way to him.