Hazardous Substances Authorities

Orders of the Day — Housing and Planning Bill – in the House of Commons at 8:45 pm on 3rd November 1986.

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Lords amendment: No. 78, in page 34, line 36, at end insert— (3) For the purposes of this section any land to which this subsection applies but which is not operational land of statutory undertakers authorised to carry on a harbour undertaking shall be treated as if it were such operational land.(4) Subsection (3) above applies—

  1. (a) to a wharf; and
  2. (b) to harbour land,
as defined in the Harbours Act 1964.(5) Any question whether subsection (3) above applies to land shall be determined by the Secretary of State and the Minister who is the appropriate Minister in relation to operational land of statutory undertakers who are authorised to carry on harbour undertakings.

Photo of Mr Richard Tracey Mr Richard Tracey , Surbiton

I beg to move, That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said amendment.

Photo of Mr Bernard Weatherill Mr Bernard Weatherill , Croydon North East

With this it will be convenient to take amendments Nos. 79 to 133 and 215 to 220.

Photo of Mr John Powley Mr John Powley , Norwich South 9:30 pm, 3rd November 1986

Members of the Committee will recall that I moved some amendments in Committee to which the Minister gave a favourable response. On Report, he gave an undertaking that amendments reflecting the comments that had been made in Committee would be moved in the other place.

I commend and thank my hon. Friend the Minister for the diligent way in which he dealt with the concerns expressed in Committee on behalf of people who would have been involved in the hazardous substances arrangements. The amendments that have been moved and that I hope will be accepted satisfy the anxieties that were expressed. They will enable the companies involved to proceed much more satisfactorily, and I believe that the Bill will be greatly improved as a result of the amendments.

Photo of Mr Richard Tracey Mr Richard Tracey , Surbiton

I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Norwich, South (Mr. Powley) for the way in which he pursued the matter in Committee. Since then we have discussed it in detail with the Confederation of British Industry, the local authority associations, the Royal Town Planning Institute, and the British Ports Association. We arrived at what I believe is an acceptable solution.

Question put and agreed to.

Lords amendments Nos. 79 to 134 agreed to.