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Modification of Restriction on Power to Make Tree Preservation Orders

Part of Trees Bill – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 10th April 1970.

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Photo of Mr Peter Rawlinson Mr Peter Rawlinson , Epsom 12:00 am, 10th April 1970

As the hon. and learned Member for Derby, North (Mr. MacDermot) has said, none of the sponsors of the Bill is in his place this afternoon to deal with the point which has been raised on Clause 1. I can only say that, having listened to the hon. and learned Gentleman, I should have thought that he was right in his interpretation of the Clause, to which I happily came with a fresh and unclouded mind. Having looked at it, I should have thought that the hon. and learned Gentleman was correct.

I appreciate the difficulty which has been posed by the hon. and learned Gentleman. We have the advantage of the presence of one of the Law Officers of the Crown, who could, perhaps, advise the Committee. I am not necessarily asking him to join in the debate, but perhaps subsequently he can look at the point which has been raised and consider whether there is need for an Amendment in another place.

I cannot give any assistance to the Committee myself. The hon. and learned Gentleman has made the point and I have no doubt that it will be taken into consideration when, as I hope, the Bill, which has the support of both sides of the House is considered by the other place.