Orders of the Day — WELSH DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (NO. 2) BILL [Lords]

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 26th June 1975.

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Photo of Sir John Morris Sir John Morris Secretary of State for Wales 12:00 am, 26th June 1975

I do not want the hon. Gentleman to labour under a complete misunderstanding of the Bill. On the one hand he presses the need for more parliamentary control. On the other he objects to my powers of specific direction. I shall have the power of specific direction to ensure that there is parliamentary control. That is why the proposed body is different from the water body which was set up by the Conservative Government. The result is that hon. Members will be able to ask Questions of the Secretary of State about the activities of the body. The hon. Gentleman cannot have it both ways. He cannot object to specific actions and claim that there is no parliamentary control.