HC Deb 02 June 1954 vol 528 cc1298-9
Commander Galbraith

I beg to move, in page 7, line 32, at the end, to insert: Provided that no sum shall be recoverable under this subsection unless the lessee or his agent within seven days after the service of such notice as aforesaid gave written intimation to the lessor of the service of the notice and of the purport thereof. The position at the moment is that where the immediate landlord is a lessee and is called upon by the local authority to carry out repairs, he can recover part of the cost from the lessor. My hon. Friend the Member for North Angus and Mearns (Mr. Thornton-Kemsley) said in Committee that it did not seem to him altogether fair that someone should be called upon to pay money without having notice of it, and I thought it was the general conclusion of the Committee that it would be fair to make provision for cases of this kind. Accordingly, by this Amendment the lessor must be in formed that he will be liable for some of the expenses if the lessee is to recover.

Mr. C. N. Thornton-Kemsley (North Angus and Mearns)

I wish to express my thanks to my right hon. and gallant Friend the Joint Under-Secretary for the way in which he has met the views that some of us expressed in Committee. I am very gratified that he has accepted the suggestion that we then made.

Amendment agreed to.