§ MR. BIGWOOD (Middlesex, Brentford)
To ask the President of the Local Government Board whether he is aware 968 that the Local Government Board have refused their consent, under Section 60 of The Housing of the Working Classes Act, 1890, to a sale by the London County Council to the Middlesex County Council of land required for the widening of Lordship Lane, Tottenham; whether consent is withheld in spite of the fact that the Middlesex County Council has compulsory powers of purchase, under their Light Railways Order and because the Board require the sale to be made under the provisions of The Lands Clauses Act, 1845; and will he explain why the County Council of Middlesex should be put to the cost attending the payment into and out of Court involved by procedure under this Act.
(Answered by Mr. Walter Long.) I am aware of the case referred to and of the powers of the Middlesex County Council under their Light Railways Order. I am, however, advised that the proposed transaction must be carried out under The Lands Clauses Act, 1845, and that no consent on the part of the Local Government Board, under Section 60 of The Housing of the Working Classes Act, 1890. would obviate the need for complying with the procedure under the Act of 1845.