HC Deb 25 July 1957 vol 574 cc736-7

Lords Amendment: In page 12, line 7, after "regulations" insert: or of a specified part of any such improvement".

Mr. Godber

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

It may be convenient to discuss with this Amendment the one following, in page 12, line 14.

The Amendments modify the provision for standard costs in the Clause and are of definite help, particularly to those hon. Members who attach a great deal of importance to the question of the farmer's own labour coming within its scope. Very briefly, the point is that the Amendment will enable part of a scheme to be covered by standard costs. This, we believe, will help in many cases where a farmer himself wishes to put in the foundations and to do that type of work, which he may be able to manage quite safely, while having to employ a contractor for the rest of the work. By incorporating this and the following Amendment we think that the Clause is strengthened, and I commend them to the House

Mr. Willey

We agree that the Amendments will improve the Bill and make its administration easier.

Question put and agreed to. [Special Entry.]

Further Lords Amendment made: In page 12, line 14, leave out "subject" and insert: or, where the regulations make provision for the cost of part only of an improvement, one-third of the sum of the amount so specified for that part and of the actual cost (so far as approved by the Minister as having been reasonably incurred)of the remainder of the improvement, subject in either case."—[Mr. Godber.]