HC Deb 18 June 1969 vol 785 cc631-2

11.30 p.m.

Mr. MacColl

I beg to move Amendment No. 9, in page 3, line 33, leave out 'be so determined as to'.

Mr. Deputy Speaker, I suggest that it would be for the convenience of the House to discuss with it Amendment No. 10 and Amendment No. 127.

Mr. Deputy Speaker (Mr. Harry Gourlay)

If the House agrees, so be it.

Mr. MacColl

In Committee, we discussed the problem of additional expenditure arising during work having to be approved where it was due to unforeseen work arising. We were asked to make it clear that this could be done even if the work had been started before the authority had been notified.

Amendment No. 9 removes any doubt about the application of this provision, which deals with the proportion for the cost of works of repair and replacement, in the case of unforeseen additional works.

The Amendment to subsection (3) enables the substitution of the higher amount as the amount of the approved expense to be made in the case of improvement grants, notwithstanding that the unforeseen works have already been started. The Amendment to Schedule 1 deals with a similar situation in respect of standard grants.

All these points represent a valuable improvement to the Bill which hon. Gentlemen opposite asked for in Committee.

Mr. Graham Page

I rise only to thank the hon. Gentleman for adding to the Bill something which we urged in committee should be done.

Amendment agreed to.

Amendment made: No.10, in line 38 leave out 'could not be' and insert 'cannot be or could not have been'.—[Mr. MacColl.]

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