§ On the making, after the passing of this Act, of any contract for sale of agricultural land comprising one or more holdings, any then current and unexpired notice to determine a tenancy given, either before or after the passing of this Act, by an owner or any predecessor to a tenant of any such holding prior to the making of such contract of sale shall be null and void, unless such tenant shall, after the passing of this Act and prior to such contract of sale, by writing, agree that such notice shall be valid.
§ Lords Amendment:
§ Leave out the words "agricultural land comprising one or more holdings," and insert instead thereof the words "a holding or any part of a holding held by a tenant from year to year."
The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the BOARD of AGRICULTURE (Sir Arthur Boscawen)
I beg to move "That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment."
Most of the Amendments are of a drafting character, but there is an important point here. This particular Amendment, which was put in in another place, restricts the Bill to yearly tenancies. That is put in in order that we may deal with the case of Scotland. It is proposed later on that Scotland should be included in the Bill, but inasmuch as in Scotland the general practice is that of leasing, and as the Bill would be inapplicable, and would cause a good deal of trouble if it were applied to leases, it is proposed to limit the Bill generally to cases of yearly tenancies, which is the general practice in England. For that reason I move that we accept the Amendment, largely at the instance of the Scottish Office, in order to facilitate including Scotland in the Bill at a later stage.
§ Question put, and agreed to.1804
§ Lords Amendments:
§ Leave out the words "a tenancy" ["determined a tenancy"], and insert instead thereof the words "the tenancy of the holding."—Agreed to.
§ After the word "given" ["a tenancy given"], insert the words "to the tenant."—Agreed to.
§ Leave out the words "by an owner or any predecessor to a tenant of any such holding prior to the making of such contract or sale."—Agreed to.
§ Leave out the word "such" ["unless such tenant shall"], and insert instead thereof the word "the."—Agreed to.