HC Deb 31 March 1914 vol 60 cc1030-1W

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in the opinion of the Commissioners, the expression "person interested" in any land in Section 30 (2) of the Finance (1909–10) Act, 1910, is limited to persons or corporations to whom the ownership of the property has actually passed; under what circumstances it is suggested that the wording of the Land Clauses Consolidation (Scotland) Act, 1845, operates as a statutory purchase and sale changing the ownership of the property, while identically the same words in the English Act do not have that effect; and whether, in view of it having been decided that the effect of service of notice to treat is that the particular lands are fixed, and that neither party can get rid of the obligation, the one to take, the other to give up, the Commissioners will reconsider their opinion that undertakers in England are not persons interested within Section 30 (2) of the Finance (1909–10) Act, 1910, and, therefore, not entitled to be supplied with copies of the provisional valuation?


While the Commissioners do not interpret the expression "person interested" in the restricted sense suggested by the hon. Member, they cannot as at present advised depart from the view which I explained to the hon. Member on the 16th instant. I cannot, within the limits of an answer to a question, argue the points of law which arise.