HC Deb 25 October 1972 vol 843 cc1265-6

Lords Amendment: No. 361, in page 159, line 23, at beginning insert: Subject to subsection (2A) below

Mr. Graham Page

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

I suggest, Mr. Deputy Speaker, that it will be convenient to discuss at the same time Lords Amendment No. 363. No. 361 is merely a paving Amendment for No. 363.

The purpose of Amendment No. 363 is to insert a new subsection in the Clause dealing with the vesting of property and other rights of local authorities in charities. In its present unamended form, the Clause provides for property vested in a county council to vest in the council of the new county and for property vested in a borough council to vest in the parish council or, if there be no such parish council, in the district council.

The new subsection varies this provision in the case of educational charities, that is, those charities on the register of charities maintained by the Secretary of State for Education and Science and the Secretary of State for Wales. It will provide that property and other rights in such a charity shall vest in the new local education authority for the area. Thus, the general rule of their moving to the new county or to the parish or new district under the Bill as it stands will be altered in that case. The object is simply to ensure that, where charity property is vested in the local education authority as such, it will devolve on the new education authority for the area and not on any other local authority exercising functions in that area.

Question put and agreed to.

Subsequent Lords Amendments agreed to.

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