HC Deb 14 April 1967 vol 744 cc1518-9

Section 3 of the Planning Act (which provides for the delegation to county district councils of functions of local planning authorities under specified provisions of that Act) shall have effect as if Part II of this Act were included among the provisions specified in subsection (2) of that section and as if the reference in subsection (6) of that section to functions under that Act includes a reference to functions under Part II of this Act.—[Mr. Blenkinsop.]

Brought up, and read the First time.

11.15 a.m.

Mr. Arthur Blenkinsop (South Shields)

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

We are grateful for the help of Parliamentary draftsmen with this Clause, which is an amending one. Part II of the Bill, which deals with trees and forestry, has been drafted in terms of the local planning authorities and makes no provision for delegation to the county district councils. It is desirable, of course, to connect this with the general delegation provisions of the Town and Country Planning Acts, which is what the new Clause does.

The Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Housing and Local Government (Mr. Arthur Skeffington)

Help was given in drafting this Clause, and the Government fully accept it. It is sensible that planning powers in this part of the Bill should be as easily delegated as other parts of Planning Acts and the Government are happy to recommend the acceptance of the new Clause.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause read a Second time and added to the Bill.