Clause 15. — (Purchase of land for the purposes of re-devolopment.)

Orders of the Day — Housing Bill. – in the House of Commons on 20th May 1935.

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Photo of Mr Donald Somervell Mr Donald Somervell , Crewe

I beg to move, in page 12, line 6, leave out from "or," to "and," in line 8, and to insert: is the property of statutory undertakers, having been acquired by them for the purposes of their undertaking. The reason for this Amendment is exactly the same as for the last. It is owing to the fact that we have now a definition of statutory undertakers.

Amendment agreed to.

8.3 p.m.

Photo of Mr Edward Strauss Mr Edward Strauss , Southwark North

I beg to move, in page 12, line 19, after "person," to insert: or exchanged for other land which the local authority have power to acquire, either with or without paying or receiving money for equality of exchange. I hope that the Government will accept this Amendment, which is not a matter startling in importance, but may be a matter of very considerable convenience. At the moment the local authority which acquires land for the purpose of providing new houses is able to exchange that land for adjoining land which is more convenient, but a local authority which acquires land in connection with housing but not directly for the purpose of building new houses is unable to exchange that land. It might be very convenient if, for instance, a factory site which was just outside the area could be brought inside by an exchange of land. The sole object of this Amendment is to enable a local authority which has bought land not directly for the purpose of building houses to exchange it for other land outside where that would be convenient. I understand that the Minister looks on this Amendment favourably, and I have pleasure in moving.

8.5 p.m.

Sir H. YOUNG:

The hon. Member explained this Amendment with great fairness. I think that it would be a useful addition to the powers of the Bill, and I propose to accept it.

Amendment agreed to.