Report of Imperial Committee on Economic Consultation and Co-operation. - Agricultural Produce (Cereals) (Amendment) Bill, 1933—Committee and Final Stages.

Sections 1 and 2 put and agreed to.
SECTION 3.

Dr. Ryan

I move amendment 1:—

To insert at the end of the section a new sub-section as follows:—

(3) Each of the following periods in every cereal year shall be a levy period for the purposes of this Act, that is to say:—

(a) in respect of the cereal year ending on the 31st day of July, 1934—

(i) the period commencing on the 16th day of December, 1933, and ending on the 15th day of April, 1934,

(ii) the period commencing on the 16th day of April, 1934, and ending on the 31st day of July, 1934;

(b) in respect of every other cereal year—

(i) the period commencing on the 1st day of August and ending on the 15th day of December in such cereal year,

(ii) the period commencing on the 16th day of December and ending on the 15th day of April in such cereal year,

(iii) the period commencing on the 16th day of April and ending on the 31st day of July in such cereal year.

The object of the amendment is merely to take it from Section 13 and put it into this section, because it was found that a reference was also made to the period in Section 11.

Amendment agreed to.
Section 3, as amended, and Sections 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 agreed to.
SECTION 11.
(2) Every sale (wheat seed) licence shall be in the prescribed form and shall be expressed and operate to authorise the licensee to sell certificated wheat subject however to the following conditions, that is to say:—

Dr. Ryan

I move amendment 2:—

In sub-section (2), page 4, lines 13 and 14, to delete the words "shall be in the prescribed form and".

As the section stands it requires that the sale of wheat seed shall be in the prescribed form. I think it advisable to have the words "prescribed form" removed. The amendment is necessary because of our experience in issuing licences under the principal Act, when it is often desirable to issue a different form of licence. We can scarcely foresee different cases arising, but there will be exceptional cases, and we would have to prescribe different forms. I may say that this does not make any difference in the powers of the Minister. Prescribing gives a considerable lot of trouble. The regulations can be changed from time to time as circumstances demand, but it is difficult to deal with exceptional cases. I draw the attention of the House to the fact that there are six paragraphs laying down the conditions for licences, so that we may claim this is already prescribed, without going any further.

Amendment agreed to.
Section 11, as amended, and Section 12, agreed to.
SECTION 13.
(2) Each of the following periods in every cereal year shall be a levy period for the purpose of this section, that is to say:—
(a) in respect of the cereal year ending on the 31st day of July, 1934—
(i) the period commencing on the 16th day of December, 1933, and ending on the 15th day of April, 1934,
(ii) the period commencing on the 16th day of April, 1934, and ending on the 31st day of July, 1934;
(b) in respect of every other cereal year—
(i) the period commencing on the 1st day of August and ending on the 15th day of December in such cereal year,
(ii) the period commencing on the 16th day of December and ending on the 15th day of April in such cereal year,
(iii) the period commencing on the 16th day of April and ending on the 31st day of July in such cereal year.

Dr. Ryan

I move amendment 3:—

To delete sub-section (2).

Amendment agreed to.
Section 13, as amended, and remaining sections, agreed to.
Bill reported with amendments.

When will the remaining stages be taken?

Dr. Ryan

If there is no objection, and if the House permits, I would like to take them now. The Bill is rather urgent, especially one clause, which allows bounties to be paid to those who had not registered by the prescribed date mentioned in the principal Act. I am very anxious to get this Bill through the other House before Christmas.

Bill passed through remaining stages.