HC Deb 11 November 1980 vol 992 cc431-2

Lords amendment: No. 209, in page 191, line 40, leave out from "3(1)(b)" to end of line 2 on page 192 and insert omit the words from "except" to "case"; (b) in paragraph 3(1) omit head (c) and the proviso; (c) in paragraph 7A omit "the confirming authority an to" and "or affixing of notices"; and (d) in paragraph 19(4)— (i) for "having jurisdiction to confirm or" substitute "or authority having jurisdiction to"; and (ii) add the following proviso at the end:— Provided that this sub-paragraph shall not have effect in relation to an owner, lessee or occupier being a local authority or statutory undertakers or the National Trust."

Mr. Fox

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

Mr. Deputy Speaker

With this we may take Lords amendments Nos. 210 to 214 and Nos. 246 to 251.

Mr. Fox

Amendment No. 209 is a purely technical alteration to give proper effect to the intention behind the changes set out in paragraph 1.

I deal next with amendments Nos. 210, and 211. When the schedule was considered in Committee upstairs the Government agreed to retain the need for ministerial consent where local authorities wish to appropriate or dispose of land held for use as allotments. This and the following amendment provide the necessary drafting changes to give effect to that undertaking.

Although amendment No. 213 looks formidable, it introduces a simple but important safeguard. It provides that where a local authority proposes to appropriate or dispose of open space land under the powers of the Town and Country Planning Act 1971, the proposal must first be advertised for two consecutive weeks in its local newspaper and any objections considered. The schedule already makes similar provisions in respect of appropriations and disposals under the Town and Country Planning Act 1959 and the Local Government Act 1972.

Amendments Nos. 212 and 214 are to do with parish councils.

Amendment No. 246 is consequential to amendment No. 209.

Amendment No. 247 is consequential to amendment No. 210, which restores the procedure under which ministerial consent is required for the appropriation of allotment land by a local authority.

Amendment No. 248 is consequential on amendment No. 211.

Amendment No. 249 make a change which is consequential upon paragraph 11 of schedule 20, which requires local authorities to advertise proposals to dispose of land.

Amendment No. 250 is consequential upon the amendment to paragraph 12 of schedule 20.

Amendment No. 251 is consequential on the amendment to paragraph 17 of schedule 20 in respect of the appropriation of open space land by parish councils.

Question put and agreed to.

Lords amendments Nos. 210 to 214 agreed to.

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