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Clause 10—(Duties Of Mine Managers With Respect To Reading Of Reports, &C)

Volume 529: debated on Thursday 1 July 1954

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I beg to move, in page 8, line 12, to leave out from "other," to "that," in line 14, and to insert, "competent person and."

I think that it would be convenient to consider with this Amendment the Amendments to Clause 97, page 60, line 41, and page 61, line 9, which are similar.

Clause 10 deals with the duties of a manager regarding the reading of reports. Hon. Members who were present during Committee will remember that we had a long discussion about this and that dissatisfaction was expressed about the wording of the Bill. My right hon. Friend agreed to reconsider the matter to see whether it was possible to insert words to meet the objections. This is our attempt to do so, which I hope will be acceptable.

In effect, the Amendment says that it is the duty of the manager to see that a competent person reads reports bringing to his attention such matters as require attention, and if that system fails, an offence is committed by the manager. It puts the responsibility upon the manager, which was what was desired.

Amendment agreed to.