HC Deb 02 June 1954 vol 528 c1358
The Lord Advocate

I beg to move, in page 26, line 35, to leave out from "dwelling-house," to "under," in line 36, and to insert: in respect of which a repairs increase is recoverable. This is a drafting Amendment and is an endeavour to make clear what the Clause was designed to achieve.

Mr. D. Johnston

Is it right to describe this as a drafting Amendment? I should have thought that its effect was to apply Clause 32, which is the Clause dealing with repairs increase not to be taken into account for valuation and rating only to those houses where a repairs increase was recoverable and accordingly to limit the effect of Clause 32, which, in any case, is an objectionable Clause, to houses upon which the necessary repairs have been carried out and the increased rent was recoverable.

The Lord Advocate

It is true that the Clause is intended to apply only where a repairs increase is recoverable. If the repairs increase ceases to be payable because the conditions justifying the increase are not fulfilled, the Clause will no longer apply. The Amendment is designed to make that clear.

Amendment agreed to