I would like to clear up one matter which got a little bit loose yesterday. On a reading of Section 14, if the Minister's interpretation is right there, taking "holders" by itself, as the Minister suggested, I think the better opinion would be that Section 14 does impose a new type of power of suspension or does give a new type of power to the local authority by order. It does not actually give the power but it provides that the Minister may give such power and then any power that was in the local authority under Section 27 is removed by Section 18 which we were discussing. That seems to be clear on the drafting.
There are two points that arise. The first is the objectionable form of the drafting of Section 18. We have disposed of that. The second is the matter of the principle: Is it desirable to do precisely what the Minister wants to do here? I must leave it to members of local authorities and people with experience of these matters to form their opinion on this. Apparently the Minister and others who have examined the problem were of the opinion that what is being done in the Bill was the proper thing to do. You had powers under Section 27. That is the situation as it is to-day. There is a certain situation as it is to-day. What is this Bill going to do?