asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Purchase Tax (Suspension of Registration Limit) Order, 1945, will be published, having regard to the fact that a Press notice on the matter was published on Saturday, 12th May, and the document was not in the Library of the House of Commons on 17th May; and will he state what is the S.R. & O.number.
This Order, of which I gave notice to the House on 3rd May, was made by the Treasury on that date and was published as Statutory Rule and Order, 1945, No. 482, and presented to the House of Commons on 10th May. The Select Committee on Statutory Rules and Orders reported to the House on 15th May that there were no reasons for drawing the special attention of the House to the Order. Subject to an Affirmative Resolution of the House of Commons, the Order will come into operation on 1st July.
asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury on what day the Food (Fish) Order, S.R. & O., No. 525, was placed on sale in His Majesty's Stationery Office.
Monday, 14th May.
asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury why the Coal (Charges) (Amendment) (No. 1) Order (S.R. & O., No. 438 of 1945) was reprinted; and in what respects did the amended reprint differ from the original.
The reason why the Order was reprinted was that the name of one of the signatories was given in to the printers incorrectly, and the correction of this mistake is the only respect in which the reprint differs from the original.
asked the Minister of Food why the Food (Fish) Order, S.R. &O., No. 525, of 1945, which was operated from 8th to 14th May, inclusive, was not available to Members in the Library until 14th May; and what action was taken to bring this Order to the notice of the trade in sufficient time for those concerned to take advantage of it.
The Order to which my hon. and gallant Friend refers was a General Licence removing temporarily restrictions on the purchase of fish by catering establishments in order to avoid any possible waste of fish during the Victory holidays. My intention to make this Order was brought to the notice of the trade both by a Press notice issued on 20th April and by a circular issued on 3rd May to all establishments affected.