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Statutory Instruments (Parliamentary Control) Bill

Volume 462: debated on Friday 4 March 1949

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Order read for resuming adjourned Debate on Question [11 th February], "That the Bill be now read a Second time."—[ Sir J. Mellor.]

Question again proposed.

3.59 p.m.

I am grateful for the few moments which remain that enable me to continue the remarks I began a fortnight ago on the Second Reading of this Bill. No doubt as the Session wears on I may be afforded further opportunities to continue my speech during the five minutes before the end of the Friday Sittings. It may be for the convenience of Members who do not readily recollect the beginning of my argument, if I draw their attention to the fact that this Bill has as its purported object the enforcement of some form of Parliamentary control over all kinds of statutory instruments. That may or may not in itself be a valid proposal, and I intend later on in my speech to examine the validity of that argument. But the fact remains that what the promoters of this Bill are trying to do is to lay down what—

It being Four o'Clock, the Debate stood adjourned.

Debate to be resumed upon Friday next.