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Clause 1. — (Machinery and Plant.)

Part of Orders of the Day — Industrial Development Bill – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 11th August 1966.

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Photo of Mr George Darling Mr George Darling , Sheffield, Hillsborough 12:00 am, 11th August 1966

With the leave of the House, I should like to reply briefly to the criticisms of my observations and also to the case that has been put forward for accepting the Lords' Amendment.

I agree entirely with the hon. Member for Norfolk, South-West (Mr. Hawkins) and the right hon. Member for Argyll (Mr. Noble) about the importance of agriculture and forestry. I do not think that I suggested that they were not important to the national economy. They are tremendously important. I was merely saying that after consultations with the other Government Departments concerned we have decided that it is far better to help forestry, in the way suggested in the Amendment, under other legislation than this Bill.

I do not want to spell out the anomalies which would be created if we kept bringing additional industries, trades or processes into the provisions of the Bill when such industries or trades are excluded under the principles laid down in the Bill.