HC Deb 24 July 1969 vol 787 c2198

Lords Amendment No. 3: In page 18, leave out lines 1 to 4 and insert: Where a local authority have declared an area to be a general improvement area they may, for the purpose of effecting or assisting any such improvement as is mentioned in section 28(1) of this Act ".

6.30 p.m.

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

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

It might be convenient, Mr. Speaker, if, with this Amendment, we were to take Amendment No. 4.

These Amendments will limit the power of local authorities to have compulsory purchase outside the general improvement area, and the phrase now adopted by another place makes it clear that it is not intended to have a wide area but just marginal land.

Mr. Graham Page (Crosby)

These Amendments follow an Amendment proposed by the Opposition in Committee four and a half months ago. We are grateful to the Government for conceding them, but I wish that the Government would understand that the Opposition are always right.

Question put and agreed to.

Subsequent Lords Amendment agreed to.

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