§ Mr. Rooker
asked the Minister of Transport if, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Perry Barr, Official Report, 22 October, column 81, the Perry Beeches and Great Barr areas of Birmingham will be included in his legislative proposals for amending the Land Compensation Act 1973 in respect of a closing date for making claims.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
As my right hon. Friend announced on 22 October, the Government propose to seek powers as soon as possible which would enable 343W the Minister of Transport to make payments to people who failed to submit part I claims within the time limit specified by the Land Compensation Act 1973, but who would otherwise have been eligible for compensation for the effect of a trunk road on their property, in cases where, in his view, the publicity of the right to claim was inadequate. It is also proposed that the time limit on making claims should be removed in the case of claim periods ending on or after the new enactment comes into force.
These proposals have been made in response to criticism of publicity in respect of certain specific road schemes by the Select Committee on the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration. If enacted, they would enable my right hon. Friend to consider representations that the publicity in respect of any trunk road scheme including those in the hon. Member's constituency was inadequate.