HL Deb 10 July 1922 vol 51 c309

Read 3a (according to Order).

Clause 34:

Purchase of tramways by local authorities.

34. The provisions of section 43 of the Tramways Act 1870 shall apply to the intended tramways Provided that in the application of those provisions the period of forty-two years shall be substituted for the period of twenty-one years therein mentioned.

LORD STANMORE moved to omit Clause 34. The noble Lord said: My Lords, by General Order No. 130 under the Procedure Act, when a local authority gets power to work and construct tramways beyond its own district, Commissioners are to insert a clause in the Order on the lines of Section 43 of the Tramways Act, 1870, which gives power to the local authority of the district into which the tramway is carried to purchase the tramway after twenty-one years. In conformity with this General Order the Commissioners, on inquiry into the Glasgow Order at Glasgow in March, 1922, inserted Clause 34 of the Provisional Order, but at the same time they reported that— Having regard to these precedents, to the relative uniformity of the intended outside lines and their uselessness apart from the rest of the system, to the advantage to uniformity, and to the consent of the local authority concerned, the Commissioners think that these tramways might be exempted from the operation of Section 43 of the Tramways Act, and recommend that the clause in question should be deleted from the Order at the appropriate stage. The Government, therefore, propose to follow the procedure adopted in the case of similar Orders in 1901, 1904 and 1905, and, by amendment in this House, to leave out Clause 34 of the Order, the result of which will be that the Corporation will own and work the tramways in perpetuity.

Amendment moved— Page 30, leave out Clause 34.—(Lord Stanmore.)

On Question, Amendment agreed to.

Bill passed, and sent to the Commons.

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