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General Duties of Authorities

Part of Clause 17 – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13th October 1975.

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Photo of Mr Michael Morris Mr Michael Morris , Northampton South 12:00 am, 13th October 1975

I beg to move Amendment No. 66, in page 15, line 16 at end insert— 'Subject to the proviso that no land shall be acquired more than five years ahead of need'. It is sufficient to say that we all have experience of the poor estimating of both national and local government. We had an example earlier of the Welsh Authority. By means of this amendment, we hope to put a discipline on the local authorities by saying that, instead of the 10-year sphere of activity, they should be restricted to five years. This is an arbitrary figure, of course, but we believe that it is a practical one and that, bearing in mind the recent strictures of the Secretary of State on local government expenditure, it would be no bad thing if the Government took on board this amendment.