HC Deb 25 June 1974 vol 875 c1417
Mr. Kaufman

I beg to move Amendment No. 63 in page 123, line 27, leave out 'not'.

This is simply a drafting amendment. Unfortunately, paragraph (1B)(a) is drafted erroneously. It contains a double negative which produced a nonsensical result. Hon. Members may think that other parts of the Bill contain nonsensical results, but we should like to put this one right.

Amendment agreed to.

Mr. Rossi

I beg to move Amendment No. 48, in page 123, line 33, at end insert: '(c) as mentioned in both paragraphs (b) and (e) of subsection (1A) above shall also contain a statement of the provisions of subsection (1D) below'. Where notification is given by a local authority that a property has not been well maintained, that notification should contain notice to the persons to whom it is addressed of the fact that they have a right to make written representations to the Secretary of State. Paragraph (1B) imposes upon the local authority an obligation to give reasons why it has declared the property to be not well maintained. It does not require the authority to tell the person aggrieved the rights given in a subsequent part of the schedule, new subsection (1D), to make representations. The amendment would provide that a note be included in the notification to that effect.

1.15 a.m.

Mr. Kaufman

A provision on the lines the hon. Member seeks is normal and we would seek to include it in the form of notice to be prescribed under subsection (1A). In those circumstances, I would advise the hon. Gentleman that the amendment need not be proceeded with.

Mr. Rossi

On the basis of that assurance, I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

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