HC Deb 07 June 1976 vol 912 c1157

Lords amendment: No. 3, in page 14, line 10, leave out "the constitution of new crofts or".

Mr. Hugh D. Brown

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

It may be convenient to take Lords Amendment No. 11 at the same time. These are purely drafting amendments.

Mr. Buchanan-Smith

It would be helpful if the Minister explained what was originally intended when the words the constitution of new crofts were put in the Bill, and why it is necessary to take them out now. What changes have there been?

Mr. Brown

There is no change in substance. The purpose of the amendments is to excise references to the constitution of new crofts in the Bill and in the Act of 1955. It is no longer appropriate to refer to this function since the power given to the Secretary of State under Section 2(1) of the 1961 Act to constitute new crofts is being repealed in Schedule 3. It is purely a drafting amendment.

Question put and agreed to.

Subsequent Lords amendments agreed to.

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