HC Deb 23 March 1979 vol 964 cc786-7W
Mr. Wigley

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he is satisfied that adequate statutory provisions exist for water authorities to be required to pay interest to a person whose land is acquired by compulsory purchase, for such period of time from when the land has been physically appropriated and when final settlement is made, and where a delay in settlement is not caused by the actions or inactions of the landowners.

Mr. Denis Howell

Yes. The provisions of the Acquisition of Land (Authorisation Procedure) Act 1946, the Compulsory Purchase Act 1965 and the Land Compensation Acts apply to water authorities when they acquire land compulsorily.