We do not need one. Gags come naturally. ''It's the way I tell 'em.''
''The Board may do anything which—
(a) is calculated to facilitate the exercise of its functions, or
(b) is incidental or conducive to their exercise.''
It would have been bad enough if the Government had satisfied themselves with paragraph (a), but paragraph (b) goes way beyond anything that we could legitimately pass in what passes for a democracy. If we had not got ahead of ourselves, an amendment would have materialised in time for Thursday's sitting. It would have suggested that we simply insert the words, ''on administrative matters only.'' Surely the supplementary powers that the board seeks to have would relate only to the administration of its
functions. Anything wider than that strikes me as sinister, so it would be extremely helpful if the Minister could explain why the Government believe that these extraordinarily wide supplementary powers are needed.
I can reassure the hon. Gentleman about his Darth Vader concerns. The clause does not mean that the organisation may do anything at all. It merely means that the action must relate to the exercise of the board's functions. It may not do anything that the legislation expressly prevents it from doing. It therefore clearly relates to the functions of the board and its administrative responsibilities. It will certainly not allow the board to take over the universe in a way that might concern the hon. Gentleman.
Question put and agreed to.
Clause 85 ordered to stand part of the Bill.