Clause 5. — (Miscellaneous Provisions Relating to the Corporation.)

Part of Bill Presented – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 23rd January 1967.

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Photo of Mr John Peyton Mr John Peyton , Yeovil 12:00 am, 23rd January 1967

I beg to move Amendment No. 40, in page 5, line 29, to leave out from 'manner' to the end of line 30.

The object of this Amendment is to delete the words: notwithstanding that the directions may be of a specific character. It has always been the limiting factor upon directions given to a nationalised industry by a Minister that they should be of a general character. So far as I can see, with a Clause like this it would be possible for any Member of Parliament to put down Questions asking for any specific direction to be given. I feel that it is wrong for Ministers to have powers for giving specific directions. I hope that the Minister will think about this again and will decide that his powers of generally directing the Corporation are sufficient without taking this Dower for giving specific directions.