HC Deb 12 December 1919 vol 122 cc1806-7

If any person at any time after the third day of December, nineteen hundred and nineteen, without, the permission in writing of the local authority within whose area the house is situate, demolishes or uses otherwise than as a dwelling-house any house which was at that date in the opinion of the local authority reasonably fit or was reasonably capable of being made fit for human habitation, he shall be liable on summary conviction in respect of each house demolished or so used to a fine not exceeding one hundred pounds or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months or to both such imprisonment and fine.

Amendments made: After the word "demolishes" ["demolishes or uses otherwise than as a dwelling-house "], insert the words "in whole or in part."

Leave out the word "was" ["or was reasonably capable "].—[Dr. Addison.]


I beg to move, at the end, to insert the words and where the person guilty of an offence under this Section is a company every director and officer of the company shall be guilty of the like offence unless he proves that the act constituting the offence took place without his consent or connivance. This is to rectify an omission in the Clause as originally drafted, so as to include within it directors or officers of companies, in cases where it is proposed to demolish dwellings. It is a repetition of words in a previous Clause, so as to make it applicable in their case.

Amendment agreed to.


I beg to move, after the words last added, to insert the words In this Section the expression "dwelling. house" means a building constructed or adapted to be used wholly or principally for human habitation. These words are designed to meet the case of hotels or other places which have been adapted for habitation but which are pot ordinarily described as dwellings.

Amendment agreed to.