Lords Amendment: In line 12, at end, insert:
(2) Sub-section (2) of Section two of the said Act (which empowers a county district council to relinquish any of its powers and duties under that Act to the county council) shall apply as if the references therein to the powers and duties of a county district council under that Act included references to their powers and duties under Section one of this Act, and—
Lords Amendment: In line 15, at end, insert new Clause E (Provisions as to London).
(1) Where an order has been made, on an application under Sub-section (1) of Section 1 of this Act, as respects land in a metropolitan borough, or authorisation of the compulsory purchase of any such land has been given under any of the provisions of this Part of this Act, the Minister may, if an application in that behalf is made to him by the London County Council, by order direct that notwithstanding anything in Sub-section (1) of the last preceding Section, the council of that metropolitan borough shall, as respects all or any of the land, as may be specified in the application, be the local planning authority for the purposes of such of the provisions of this Part of this Act as may be so specified, and that the said provisions shall apply as if the application under Sub-section (1) of Section 1 of this Act had been made by the council of the metropolitan borough, or the authorisation had been given to that council, as the case may be.
An order under this Sub-section may be varied or revoked by a subsequent order of the Minister made in accordance with an application in that behalf by the London County Council.
(2) The Common Council of the City of London—
and references in this Part of this Act to land acquired or appropriated by a local planning authority for the purposes of this Part of this Act shall be construed, in the case of the said Council, as references to land acquired by them for the said purposes as respects which no certificate under paragraph (a) of this Subsection is in force, or land as respects which a certificate under paragraph (b) of this Subsection is in force, or land appropriated for the said purposes in accordance with Sub-section (2) of Section fourteen of this Act.
The consent of the Minister for the purposes of this Sub-section may be given either as respects a particular certificate or as respects certificates relating to land of any class, and either subject to or free from any conditions or limitations.
(3) The powers of disposal conferred on the Common Council of the City of London by Section nineteen of this Act shall be exercisable, as respects land to which they apply, to the exclusion of any other power of disposal which apart from this Sub-section would be exercisable by the said Council.
I beg to move, "That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment."
The purpose of the Amendment is to enable the Metropolitan Boroughs to participate in the huge task of reconstruction which will fall upon London. The L.C.C. remains the planning authority for the whole of its area, but it can, by agreement with the Metropolitan Boroughs, in fact, get them to exercise some of the powers and do some of the work. This Amendment is the result of negotiations that have taken place between the L.C.C. and the Metropolitan Boroughs, discussions which, I am glad to say, were conducted in a spirit of cordiality and resulted in agreement.