HC Deb 29 July 1946 vol 426 cc706-7

Lords Amendment: In page 19, line 26, leave out from beginning to "as", in line 27.

12.56 a.m.

Mr. Ivor Thomas

I beg to move, "That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment."

This Amendment, and the next I propose to move, are connected and derive from an attempt made in Committee and on recommittal to meet a point put by the hon. Member for Thirsk and Malton (Mr. Turton), whose advice on this part of the Bill we very much value. We find that we have done an injustice to the point he wanted to make. It is a question of the compulsory acquisition of land to provide substituted rights of access and new culverts where old culverts have been made unusable. We met the point in what is now Subsection (3) of the Clause. But an order made in accordance with this Subsection would be subject to special Parliamentary procedure, a complication which is not desirable. Accordingly, we now propose to meet the hon. Gentleman's point in a different way. We propose to remove from Subsection (3) the words originally inserted to meet him, and we propose to meet him in another way by adding to Clause 28 a specific provision authorising the Minister of Transport to acquire land compulsorily for these purposes under the Acquisition of Land (Authorisation Procedure) Act, 1946. Under the new proposal the order would be subject to special Parliamentary procedure only in the cases envisaged in that Act.

Sir W. Wakefield

What is the special Parliamentary procedure to which the Minister referred?

Mr. Thomas

It is defined in the Statutory Orders (Special Procedure) Act, 1945.

Mr. Turton

I am grateful to the Minister for meeting the point which we made.