HC Deb 11 November 1980 vol 992 c427

Lords amendment: No. 202, in page 159, line 27, at end insert— (2) Nothing in sub-paragraph (1) above shall affect any order submitted to the Secretary of State for confirmation before the passing of this Act.

Mr. Fox

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

It is expected that 200 tree preservation orders will be before the Secretary of State when this measure is passed. Given that these orders will be at various stages of the determination procedure it is clearly desirable, both on the grounds of consistency and efficiency, that the decisions on the orders should remain with the Secretary of State. This amendment does not raise any new questions of principle. It is simply a practical measure which will effectively safeguard the position of those orders made before the passing of the Act.

Amendment agreed to.

Lords amendments Nos. 203 and 204 agreed to.

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