HC Deb 11 November 1980 vol 992 cc402-3

Lords amendment: No. 117, in page 112, line 36, leave out functions exercisable in a case where subsection (4) below applies, and insert other than inner London boroughs, functions

Page 112, line 40, at end insert— ( ) as regards inner London boroughs, functions exercisable under the London building legislation or, as the case may be, under or in connection with building regulations and any enactment relating to such regulations;

Mr. Fox

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

Mr. Deputy Speaker

With this it is convenient to take Lords amendments Nos. 118 to 121.

Mr. Fox

These amendments introduce additional flexibility in the event of an order being made transferring building control functions to an urban development corporation by enabling the London urban development corporation to exercise either the London or the national system, as appropriate.

Mr. Spearing

Again, perhaps the Minister will be more explicit. I am sure that the hon. Gentleman will correct me if I am wrong, but I recall that in Committee an amendment was proposed making the London building regulations applicable inside the urban development corporation area. That may still be the case. However, the urban development corporation would be responsible for administration, and not the Greater London Council. When this amendment was moved in the other place on 14 October, there was no explanation or debate. Hon. Members may refer to col. 1259 of the Official Report of the House of Lords to verify that fact.

This is, therefore, the first time that such a point has been raised. Will the Minister give an assurance that his flexibility applies not to the regulations, but only to the authority which is operation?

Mr. Fox

The hon. Gentleman has a long recollection and is right. We were simply leaving our options open. It may be that the London system is the best. I again give the hon. Gentleman the assurance for which he asks.

Question put and agreed to.

Lords amendments Nos. 118 to 121 agreed to.

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