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Clause 7—(Conduct Of Agencies For Supply Of Nurses)

Volume 388: debated on Wednesday 7 April 1943

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I beg to move, in page 5, line 33, at the end, to add:

"and shall furnish each year an animal financial return to the local licensing authority."
This is not an Amendment which I feel requires any words from me. I should imagine that the Minister immediately he saw it decided that he would accept it.

I am sorry that I cannot accept this Amendment. It is quite unnecessary. All who have been responsible for Bills know that it is a very dangerous thing to insert unnecessary words into a Bill. Under Clause 9 duly authorised officers may at all reasonable times enter the premises of an agency for the supply of nurses and inspect the records kept by that agency. Under Clause 7 an agency must keep such records as are prescribed by the Minister, and it is my intention to prescribe that the records shall include a record of the fees charged in each case. Therefore, there does not appear to be any reason for requiring the agency to send in a special financial statement.

If the Minister says that he is going to prescribe what is in my Amendment he has accepted the Amendment and I thank him. I beg to ask leave to withdraw the Amendment.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Clause ordered to stand part of the Bill.