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Clause 5—(The Governor-General Of The New Dominions)

Volume 440: debated on Monday 14 July 1947

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Motion made, and Question proposed, "That the Clause stand part of the Bill."

On a point of Order, Major Milner. Clause 5 was no doubt drafted with somewhat different considerations in view than have, in fact, emerged. Perhaps it would be for the convenience of the Committee if we were to take on Clause 9, rather than Clause 5, the major results of the somewhat changed condition of affairs. My hon. Friends and I feel that even in this changed situation it would be an advantage to leave Clause 5 as it is. One does not know—it might not be compatible to have these powers. Therefore, there seems to us to be no reason why the proviso should not stand. It is not going to be used, but we do not see why it should not stand. It might be useful in some cir- cumstances. One cannot tell. Subject to your Ruling, Major Milner, we would rather have on Clause 9 a general dis- cussion as to the powers of the two Governors-General in regard to the transitional problem that may arise.

I am obliged to the right hon. Gentleman, and I agree, subject to the agreement of the Committee, that it would be advantageous to take that course.

Question put, and agreed to.

Clause ordered to stand part of the Bill.