(1) Where the Minister is satisfied that any local authority (including, a county council) or two or more local authorities jointly, or any authorised association, are prepared to purchase and develop any land as a garden city (including a garden suburb or a garden village), or for -the purpose of a town-planning scheme for the area in which the land is situate, in accordance with a scheme approved by the Minister, and have funds available for the purpose, he may with the consent of the Treasury and after consultation with the Board of Trade, the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries and the Minister of Transport, acquire that land on behalf of the authority or association either by compulsion or by agreement in any ease in winch it appears to him necessary or expedient so to do for the purpose of securing the development of the land as aforesaid, and may for that purpose exercise any of the powers of a local authority in relation to the acquisition of land under the Housing Acts, 1894 to 1919. and may do all such things as may be necessary to vest the land so acquired in the local authority or association.
§ Lords Amendments: In Sub-section (1), after the word "or"["or for the purpose "], insert the words "any land in regard to which such a scheme may be. made."—Agreed to.
§ Leave out the words "and may for that purpose exercise any of the powers of a local authority in relation to the acquisition of land under the Housing Acts, 1890 to 1919."—Agreed to.
After Sub-section (1) insert the words
(2) The provisions of the Housing Acts, 1890 to 1919, relating to the powers of a local authority to acquire land for the purposes of Part III. of the Housing of the Working Classes Act, 1890, shall apply for the purpose of the acquisition of land by the Minister under this Section, and the Minister in exercising his powers of acquiring land under this Section shall be subject to the same conditions as are applicable to the acquisition of land under the Housing Acts, 1890 to 1919, by a local authority;
Provided that in the case. of an Order for the compulsory acquisition of land on behalf of an authorised association the Order shall be laid before each House of Parliament and shall not be confirmed by the Minister unless and until both Houses by Resolution have approved the Order nor if any modifications are agreed to by both Houses, otherwise than as so modified.
(3) A local authority shall have power to acquire land for the purposes of a scheme approved by the Minister under this Section and to develop any land so acquired in accordance with the scheme, and shall have power to borrow as for the purposes of the Housing Acts, 1890 to 1919, any money required for the purpose of so acquiring or developing any land.
§ —Agreed to.