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Ministry Of Food (Continuance) Bill

Volume 41: debated on Tuesday 10 August 1920

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Order of the Day for the Third Reading read.

Moved, That the Bill be now read 3a .— (The Earl of Cranford.)

On Question, Bill read 3a .

I desire to submit an Amendment dealing with the point raised by Lord Sumner yesterday. The terms of the Amendment are as follow: In the Schedule at the end of paragraph (2), insert "And the arbitrator shall not be bound by any provisions contained in any of the said Regulations as to the principles on which compensation or price is to be determined." At the instance of the noble and learned Lord, Lord Sumner, the noble and learned Lord on the Woolsack has gone into this matter, and he agrees that the points raised by Lord Sumner yesterday are adequately met by the words I propose. In point of fact I think they meet the contention that paragraph (2) of the Schedule was a direction to the arbitrator to act in a reasonable manner. It did not exclude the principles as to assessment of compensation under the Regulations continued by the Bill, some of which, as Lord Sumner did not fail to remind us, have been recently declared by the Courts of Justice to be illegal. I hope that this Amendment will meet the point, and that the noble and learned Lord will be satisfied with the alteration proposed.

Amendment moved—

Page 5, line 20, at the end insert ("and the arbitrator shall not be bound by any provisions contained in any of the said regulations as to the principles on which compensation or price is to be determined").—(The Earl of Crawford.)

On Question, Amendment agreed to.

Bill passed, and returned to the Commons.