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Clause 1—(The Commission)

Volume 440: debated on Wednesday 23 July 1947

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Lords Amendment: In page 1, line 10, leave out, "four" and insert "not less than four nor more than eight."

I beg to move, "That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment."

This is one of the Amendments on which there is agreement, but I think that it is of sufficient substance for me to say a word or two about it. In the Committee stage of the Bill, I resisted a similar Amendment, but later on, the Government reconsidered this decision and, on the understanding that the whole of the increased members should not be full-time members, it was agreed to modify the decision. So we have agreed with the Lords Amendment, which lays down that the chairman and four members of the Commission shall be full-time, leaving the others open to part-time appointments if so desired.

Question put, and agreed to