HC Deb 29 January 1929 vol 224 cc894-5

I beg to move, in page 81, to leave cut from the word "day" in line 13, to the word "take" in line 14.

This Clause provides that, where a rural district is in the possession of a quarry for the purpose of carrying out its duties as a road authority, now that these duties are to be taken over by the county council, the county council should take over the quarry and plant. The object of this Amendment and of the other Amendments is to extend exactly the same conditions to urban district councils. Various urban district councils have quarries which in the future they may find are unnecessary for the maintenance of the roads which are left to them.

Colonel ASHLEY

As my name is also down to this Amendment, I need hardly say that I accept it.

Amendment agreed to.

Further Amendments made:

In page 81, line 14, after the word "over," insert the words:

  1. "(a) if desired by the council of any urban district within the county (not being a council who have duly made or are deemed to have duly made a claim to exercise the functions of maintenance and repair county roads within their district) any quarry belonging to the district council in their capacity as highway authority, together with any fixed plant therein; and
  2. (b) if desired by the council of any rural district within the county."

In line 26, leave out the word "rural."

In line 32, after the word "and," insert the words "in the case of a rural district council."—[Mr. Looker.]

Motion made, and Question proposed, "That the Clause, as amended, stand part of the Bill."

Lieut.-Colonel WINDSOR-CLIVE

This Clause provides that county councils shall take over quarries belonging to local councils, but does this provision apply also in cases where the quarries are not owned by the local councils but where they hold them on lease over a term of years?

Colonel ASHLEY

That point had not occurred to me. I will look into it before the Report stage.