30 JULY 1921, Page 3

The House of Commons on Monday took the committee stage

of the third reading of the Bill for repealing the Corn Production Acts. The Labour Party tried to save the Wages Board. Sir A. Griffith-Boscawen explained that the Wages Board must certainly be abandoned, together with the guaranteed prices and the control of cultivation ; they were all inseparable parts of the same scheme. He hopefully added that a system of conciliation committees was likely to work better. There was plenty of room for lively argument, as Mr. Clynes was able to quote Lord Ernle's declaration that the Wages Board was not linked with guaranteed prices at all. Ultimately the amendment for cutting the Wages Board out of the Bill was rejected by 202 votes to 73. The third reading was carried by 193 votes to 66.