HC Deb 23 October 1975 vol 898 cc821-2
Mr. Alec Jones

I beg to move Amendment No. 47, in page 14, line 42, after 'their', insert 'statutory'.

Mr. Deputy Speaker

With this we are to take Amendments Nos. 48, 49 and 50.

Mr. Jones

Amendment No. 47 is purely a drafting amendment and no comment is necessary.

Amendment No. 48, although a drafting amendment, requires some explanation. It is designed to make it clearer that the authority required for the carrying out of works on land held by statutory undertakers and to which a statutory undertaker has objected is that of the Minister responsible for the statutory undertaking in question. If that amendment is accepted, Amendment No. 49 automatically follows in so far as a definition of "appropriate Minister" is required. Amendment No. 49 provides that definition.

Amendment No. 50 is associated with it. This amendment extends the existing definition of statutory undertakers in Clause 26 to include specifically the Post Office, the Civil Aviation Authority and the National Coal Board and, more generally, any other authorities, bodies or undertakers which, by virtue of any enactment, are treated as statutory undertakers for purposes of the Town and Country Planning Act 1971.

Amendment agreed to.

Amendment made: No. 48, in page 14, line 43, leave out 'Secretary of State' and insert 'appropriate Minister'.—[Mr. Alec Jones.]

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