HC Deb 06 October 1944 vol 403 cc1338-9
Mr. Silkin

I beg to move, in page 39, line 8, to leave out paragraph (f), and to insert: (f) Where the person carrying on a statutory undertaking is injuriously affected by the making of such an order he shall be entitled to recover from the interim development authority reasonable compensation in respect of such injurious affection in accordance with the provisions of the Town and Country Planning Acts, 1932 and 1943: Provided that no compensation shall be payable in respect of the injurious affection to any land acquired for the purposes of the undertaking after the date of the passing of the Town and Country Planning (Interim Development) Act, 1943 I need say even less on this Amendment than I did on the previous one, because I take it that the same undertaking applies.

The Solicitor-General

I am happy to say that it will be covered by the same suggestion. In answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Southampton (Dr. Thomas), neither my hon. Friend the Member for Peckham (Mr. Silkin), nor myself, nor the Government, nor anyone is prejudging the question. All that is to happen is that the views of the local authorities on this important point will be put to the Government, represented by myself. He need not be afraid that any matter is being prejudged.

Mr. Silkin

Neither of these Amendments asks that there shall be no compensation to statutory authorities. They merely ask that the compensation shall be assessed in another way. In view of my hon. and learned Friend's assurance, I beg to ask leave to withdraw the Amendment.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Clause ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clauses 31 and 32 ordered to stand part of the Bill.