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Revoked Orders

Volume 390: debated on Wednesday 30 June 1943

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asked the Minister of Supply why the Emergency Powers (Defence) Ministry of Supply Orders (General Revocations) do not indicate in the explanatory note what is the general nature of the provisions of the Orders revoked, or which are rendered nugatory by an Order in Council; and why the Order referred to is not specified?

This information is clearly set out in the preamble to the Order, and it was thought unnecessary to repeat it in the explanatory note.

Will the hon. Gentleman say why it does not indicate which Orders are rendered nugatory?

As it has been given as a pledge to this House that explanatory notes shall be attached to these more or less unintelligible Orders, why should it be left to the discretion of one of my hon. Friend's administrators to decide whether an explanatory note is necessary or not, when it has been understood and promised and pledged that explanatory notes would be attached to these Orders?

As I understand it, the question whether or not an explanatory note should be attached is one for the Minister to decide.

In this case the Order is perfectly plain, and if an explanatory note were added it could not be very much more explicit than the preamble to the Order itself.