HC Deb 26 October 1982 vol 29 cc924-5


Lords amendment: No. 13. in page 16, line 3, leave out from "where" to "are" in line 6 and insert the property comprised in the tenancy is or includes premises which, in accordance with any agreement relating to the tenancy (Whether contained in the instrument creating the tenancy or not)

Mrs. Chalker

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 amendment No. 14.

5.45 pm
Mrs. Chalker

These are technical amendments to put right two small deficiencies in clause 13, the first of which, covered by amedment No. 13, was pointed out in Committee by the Opposition. I am grateful to them for that. The amendment ensures that the Secretary of State could repossess the whole testing premises if necessary, notwithstanding that part of the site might be used for other purposes.

Amendment No. 14 is purely formal.

Mr. Booth

I wish to express the Opposition's gratitude for the way in which the Government have responded to the point that we made in Committee. It is an important point, which is related not strictly to a principle of heavy goods vehicles testing, but rather to the idea of allowing a protection under the Landlord and Tenant Act—which is intended for an entirely different purpose—to bear down on Government property that becomes a tenancy as a result of the application of the policy.

I hope that it has proved to be one area of calm and agreement in a rather large area of turbulent disagreement. We consider the Bill to be wicked, but we are agreed that where a tenancy is transferred the Bill should not enable the tenancy to be carried on for commercial purposes quite unrelated to testing. That is one thing that will have been achieved as a result of our Committee proceedings.

Question put and agreed to.

Lords amendments Nos. 14 to 16 agreed to.

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