§ Sir P. Macdonald
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government if he is aware that the Central Land Board are sending out notices to property owners informing them that there is now no development charge payable on their land in spite of the fact that this information was made known to them last November; and if he will take steps to see that the Central Land Board is brought to an end.
§ Mr. H. Macmillan
Yes. The Central Land Board are obliged to issue formal determinations of development charge in respect of development which was started before 18th November, 1952. Where the development concerned does not increase the value of the land the Board must notify the applicant that no development charge is payable. Apart from these formal determinations the Board have sent notices to members of the public who have written asking what their position is under the Act which received the Royal Assent on 20th May this year. With regard to the second part of the Question, the Board has functions in relation to claims for loss of development value and the Board's future can only be considered in the light of the further legislation about claims which is to be introduced next session.