Clause 20 - Modifications of special parliamentary procedure in certain cases

Part of Growth and Infrastructure Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:45 am on 4th December 2012.

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Photo of Nicholas Boles Nicholas Boles The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government 10:45 am, 4th December 2012

These minor amendments ensure that we catch relevant Acts of Parliament under which the special parliamentary procedure can apply. That is  particularly in response to some of the poor drafting my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State mentioned on Second Reading.

Clause 20 ensures that where special parliamentary procedure is triggered for certain types of land under the Planning Act 2008 or the Acquisition of Land Act 1981, consideration under special parliamentary procedure will be limited to the compulsory acquisition of special land.

The three minor amendments in the group extend that principle to other Acts where it is clear that the original intention was to limit the scope of special parliamentary procedure in that way. I therefore hope that the Committee will support the inclusion of the amendments in the Bill.