HC Deb 15 October 1969 vol 788 cc507-8

Amendments made: No. 9, in page 12, line 27, leave out '(b) or (c)' and insert '(c), (4A) or (6)'.

No. 10, in page 12, line 36, leave out '(1)(b)' and insert '(4A)'.

No. 11, in page 12, line 37, leave out during the 'and insert before the expiration of'.

No. 12, in page 12, line 38, leave out from 'date' to 'and' in line 39 and insert 'which under section 15(3) of this Act is the relevant date in relation to the Yorkshire deeds registry in question'.—[The Solicitor-General.]

Mr. Graham Page

I beg to move Amendment No. 13, in page 13, line 1, leave out 'may' and insert 'shall'.

This is the Amendment to which both the hon. and learned Gentleman and I have put our names. Under Clause 20, there is provision for indemnity to anyone who suffers loss in certain circumstances as a result of the abolition of the Yorkshire Deeds Registry.

Indemnity would be no real indemnity if it did not include any costs and expenses of the sufferer. Under subsection (4), it was only a discretionary matter of awarding compensation for those costs and expenses. The indemnity did not necessarily stretch to that sort of compensation because subsection (4) said that the indemnity "may" include a reasonable sum in respect of any costs or expenses properly incurred by the applicant. The Amendment, substituting "shall" for "may", would make it mandatory that the indemnity should include indemnity for those costs and expenses as I am sure that the House would agree it should.

Amendment agreed to.

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