HC Deb 02 July 1982 vol 26 cc1183-4

Lords amendment: No. 92, in page 41, line 5, leave out "such"

Mr. Macfarlane

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

Mr. Deputy Speaker (Mr. Bernard Weatherill)

With this we may take Lords amendments Nos. 93 to 103.

Mr. Macfarlane

Amendment No. 93 extinguishes any rights of the finders of lost property. The clause is intended to confer on a local authority a clear and uncontroversial title to lost property found on local authority premises and taken into the authority's custody. It would defeat the object of the clause if doubt were to exist as to whether the clause was subject, or without prejudice to, the rule of law relating to finder's rights. The amendment will avoid the possibility of any such doubt arising.

Amendments Nos. 95 and 100 take account of circumstances where trespassing animals come into the possession of the local authority. Amendment No. 102 extends, at its request, the clause to the Common Council of the City of London. Amendments Nos. 92, 94, 96 to 99, 101 and 103 are all drafting amendments. In particular, amendment No. 101 clarifies the reference that the clause makes to planning boards. It ensures that the clause will be exerciseable by any new planning board that might be constituted under the Town and Country Planning Act 1971 in the future as well as by the two existing boards, the Lake District special planning board and the Peak park joint planning board.

Question put and agreed to.

Lords amendments Nos. 93 to 103 agreed to.

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