§ A person examined as a witness or summoned to produce documents by the Commissioners shall not be excused from producing any document or giving any information on the ground that such document or information is secret or confidential, or is entitled or required to be withheld under Section two of the Official Secrets Act, 1911, or under the Coal Mines Control Agreement (Confirmation) Act, 1918, or the agreement thereto scheduled, and Section four of the last mentioned Act shall not apply to the Commissioners or any person concerned in the inquiry."
§ Mr. SHORTT
I beg to move after the word "scheduled" to insert the words "or otherwise."
These words are necessary because there are other methods by which secrecy is obtained apart from those that are mentioned in the Clause. For example, there are certain regulations under the Defence of the Realm Regulations and so on. The intention of these words is to ensure that nothing which gives secrecy as a matter of right shall be omitted from the powers of this Commission. This Amendment merely completes what the Clause is intended to do.
§ Amendment agreed to.
§ Clause, as amended, agreed to.