§ 3.19 p.m.
§ Report of Amendments received (according to Order).
§ Clause 9 [Options relating to land]:
THE LORD CHANCELLOR moved to add to subsection (2):
Provided that this subsection shall not apply to a right of pre-emption conferred on a public or local authority in respect of land used or to be used for religious purposes where the right becomes exercisable only if the land ceases to be used for such purposes.
§ The noble and learned Lord said: My Lords, this Amendment carries out an undertaking that I gave in the course of the Committee stage to move an Amendment which would give effect to the point raised by the noble Lord, Lord Silsoe, and so make special provision for the cases where land has been let by local authorities to churches, with an option to re-purchase should that land no longer be required by the churches.
§ LORD SILSOE
My Lords, I express the gratitude of all Churches for this Amendment. It entirely meets the point I was asked to raise and the Churches are grateful to the Government.
§ On Question, Amendment agreed to.
§ Then, Standing Order No. 41 having been suspended (pursuant to the Resolution of March 19), Bill read 3a.
§ THE LORD CHANCELLOR
My Lords, I have it in command from Her Majesty the Queen to signify to the House. 1141 that Her Majesty, having been informed of the purport of the Perpetuities and Accumulations Bill, has consented to place Her Majesty's interest so far as it is concerned on behalf of the Crown at the disposal of Parliament for the purposes of the Bill. I beg to move that the Bill do now pass.
§ Moved, That the Bill do now pass.—(The Lord Chancellor.)
§ On Question, Motion agreed to: Bill passed, and sent to the Commons.