HC Deb 15 August 1919 vol 119 cc1804-5

This Act shall not apply to a contract for sale to a Government Department or local authority for the purpose of providing small holdings or allotments, or for any other public purpose.

Lords Amendment:

At end, add the words "made within three years after the passing of this Act."


I beg to move, "That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment."

I ought to explain this Amendment to the House. The Bill as it went up to another place was made inapplicable to sales of land to and purchases made by public Government Departments or local authorities for public purposes. This limitation is now further limited by their being made only within three years. Our view is that it would be unnecessary to leave such purchases and sales out of the Bill after the emergency period of three years, which is the period we find, for example, in the Housing Act and the Land Settlement Bill of this Session. Therefore, for the next three years the Bill will not apply to such purposes, but will apply after the three years.

Question put, and agreed to.