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Clause 23—(Abolition Of Duties)

Volume 466: debated on Monday 27 June 1949

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3.38 p.m.

Question again proposed, "That the Clause stand part of the Bill."

Question put, and agreed to.

Clause ordered to stand part of the Bill.

I had collected the voices. I am afraid that the right hon. Gentleman is now too late. I am sorry.

On a point of Order, Mr. Bowles. There was a very great noise going on and really it was quite impossible to hear.

I put the Question, and I waited quite a long time and looked round the Chamber. With great respect, I do not propose to enter into an argument.

May I say, Mr. Bowles, that I only wanted to make a suggestion to you as to how the Debate might be conducted, and I wonder if you will allow me just to put my suggestions to you at the present moment. Clause 23 is a Clause which abolishes certain existing duties. That abolition cannot really be conveniently discussed by itself but is part of a larger proposal which is perhaps more appropriately dealt with when we come to Clause 24. All I would have sought to say had I been lucky enough to catch your eye on Clause 23, was that it must not be thought that because we accepted Clause 23 without dividing against it, we accepted the principle which that Clause appears to put forward.