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New Clause—(Selling-Price Of Coal For Export)

Volume 235: debated on Wednesday 26 February 1930

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No owner of a coal mine shall sell for export any class of coal at a price lower than the price charged by him for such class of coal when sold for bunkering ships, [Sir B. Chadwick.]

Brought up, and read the First time.

I beg to move, "That the Clause be read a Second time."

This Clause standing in the name of the right hon. Gentleman the Member for St. Ives (Mr. Runciman), myself and others, is on a matter of most vital interest to the shipping industry. As I understand it, my right hon. Friend has had a conversation with the President of the Board of Trade, who desires that this particular Clause should be moved in the latter part of Clause 1 of the Bill. If that is so, and he will assure me that there will be every opportunity then of moving it, I am quite willing to withdraw the Clause.

The explanation, subject to the Ruling of the Chair, of our preferring to take this Clause with Part I of the Bill, is that Part I has not yet been reached, and that it clearly relates to Part I. It deals with a class of coal with a particular definition and, strictly speaking, this is not a new Clause, but an Amendment which should come at an appropriate point in Part I of the Bill. If the hon. Member will withdraw it, he will have a full opportunity of discussion when Part I is reached.

Motion and Clause, by leave, withdrawn.

Resolved, "That the Chairman do report Progress, and ask leave to sit again."—[ Mr. T. Kennedy.]

Committee report Progress; to sit again To-morrow.