§ 9.18 p.m.
§ Mr. ROSS TAYLOR
I beg to move, in page 49, line 25, to leave out "the authority take possession of the land," and to insert "the buildings on the land are vacated."
The Clause provides that a local authority may extinguish or cause to be extinguished a right of way in advance of purchase, an extension of the power under the Act of 1930. The Amendment is put forward chiefly in the interests of public undertakers who supply gas, water and electricity to houses on the land in respect of which the rights of way are extinguished. It is desirable that these undertakers should have a right of access to the pipes and mains as long as the houses which they are supplying are occupied. It may be necessary for them to deal with these pipes in order to prevent fire, flood or explosion.
§ The LORD ADVOCATE
We are prepared to accept this Amendment. It is reasonable that these public undertakers should be able to continue to supply the occupiers of houses until the houses are vacated.
§ Amendment agreed to.