Lords Amendment: In page 61, line 15, leave out:
the authority take possession of the land
the buildings on the land are vacated.
§ Sir K. WOOD
I beg to move, "That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment."
This Amendment is to meet a point put forward by representatives of the statutory undertakers, such as gas, water and electricity. Their point was that so long as houses were occupied they must be able to continue the supply of their commodity to the occupiers, and accordingly access to the houses must not be stopped so long as they are occupied. In practice this position would have obtained in any case, but the Amendment makes it clear that the order closing streets and public rights of way cannot operate until the local authority has obtained vacant possession of the houses and buildings concerned.