HC Deb 20 October 1966 vol 734 cc417-8

For the purposes of this Act and of any other Act, whether passed before or after this Act, a proposal to alter a valuation list shall be taken to be settled when an alteration is made in the list so as to give effect to the proposal, or to an agreement made in consequence of the proposal, or when proceedings on an appeal against, or a reference to arbitration relating to, an objection to the proposal (including any proceedings consequent on such an appeal or reference) are finally determined, or when the proposal is withdrawn, whichever first occurs.—[Mr. MacColl.]

Brought up, and read the First time.

Mr. Speaker

It is proposed that with this Clause we take Government Amendments Nos. 28, 64, 81 and 84.

Mr. MacColl

I beg to move, That the Clause be read a Second time.

This Clause belongs to another Part of the Bill and deals with paving the way for ultimate consolidation, which, I think, on Second Reading the whole House recognised as being wholly desirable. Dotted about the law of valuation are various definitions of what is meant by determining when a proposal for the alteration of a valution list is deemed to be settled. They are contained not only in the Bill, but in the 1955 and 1961 Acts.

The Clause provides one definition which will make it much easier for the draftsman in consolidation to pick the matter up. The consequential Amendments relate to definitions both in the Bill and in the earlier legislation. The new Clause makes no addition or change. The definition remains the same.

Question put and agreed to

Clause read a Second time, and added to the Bill.