HC Deb 22 July 1996 vol 282 cc85-6

Lords amendment: No. 142, after clause 123, to insert the following new clause—Jurisdiction of county court—

".—(1) A county court has jurisdiction to determine questions arising under this Chapter and to entertain proceedings brought under this Chapter and claims, for whatever amount, in connection with an introductory tenancy.

(2) That jurisdiction includes jurisdiction to entertain proceedings as to whether a statement supplied in pursuance of section 122(2)(b) (written statement of certain terms of tenancy) is accurate notwithstanding that no other relief is sought than a declaration.

(3) If a person takes proceedings in the High Court which, by virtue of this section, he could have taken in the county court, he is not entitled to recover any costs.

(4) The Lord Chancellor may make such rules and give such directions as he thinks tit for the purpose of giving effect to this section.

(5) The rules and directions may provide—

  1. (a) for the exercise by a district judge of a county court of any jurisdiction exercisable under this section, and
  2. (b) for the conduct of proceedings in private.

(6) The power to make rules is exercisable by statutory instrument which shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament."

7.15 pm
Mr. Curry

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

Mr. Deputy Speaker

With this, it will be convenient to take Lords amendments Nos. 143 to 146, 179, 180, 244, 245, 300 and 305.

Mr. Curry

These are purely technical amendments. No issue of principle or policy is involved—those two being, of course, indivisible.

Lords amendment agreed to.

Lords amendments Nos. 143 to 147 agreed to.

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