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Clause 83—(Transitional Provisions As To Exceptional Rales And Fares Of The Commission)

Volume 440: debated on Wednesday 23 July 1947

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Lords Amendment: In page 94, line 26, leave out "up to" and insert:

"is unduly low by reason of the competition of road haulage undertakers, canal carriers or persons engaged in coastal shipping, the Commission may at any time increase that rate up to not more than."

Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment."—[ Mr. G. R. Strauss.]

I would like to ask for an explanation of this Amendment. There has been a constant lack of knowledge in the speeches emanating from the Government Front Bench, and we ought to give them a chance to show their hands.

This Amendment limits the additional powers to increase exceptional rates, which are unduly low by reason of canal or coastal shipping or such competition. It also provides that traders may appeal to the Transport Tribunal against the raising of any exceptional rate, and give the Tribunal power to restore the lower rate.

Question put, and agreed to