Clause 24 - Crown application

Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:00 pm on 7 December 2021.

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Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

Photo of Julie Elliott Julie Elliott Labour, Sunderland Central

With this it will be convenient to discuss clause 25 stand part.

Photo of Eddie Hughes Eddie Hughes Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)

Clause 24 deals with the issue of Crown land and makes it clear that the Bill will apply to Crown land, including that belonging to the Crown Estate, the Duchy of Lancaster, the Duchy of Cornwall or a Government Department. Prior to the introduction of the Bill, both the Queen and the Prince of Wales granted consent in writing.

Clause 25 states the territorial extent of the Bill, which extends to England and Wales. We have worked closely with the Welsh Government throughout the passage of the Bill to ensure that the legislation meets the needs of leaseholders in England and Wales. As a result, the Bill specifically transfers executive competence to Welsh Ministers in a number of areas, including on the definition of community housing leases in clause 2(6)(b); the penalty amounts to account for the value of money, in clause 10(9); and the provision of guidance in clause 13(1)(b). That will ensure that the legislation works for leaseholders in both England and Wales.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 24 accordingly ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clause 25 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Ordered, That further consideration be now adjourned. —(Scott Mann.)

Adjourned till Thursday 9 December at half-past Eleven o’clock.

Written evidence reported to the House

LRGRB01 Christopher Jessel

LRGRB02 Stephen Clacy

LRGRB03 Linz Darlington, Director, Homehold

LRGRB04 Leasehold Knowledge Partnership

LRGRB05 The National Leasehold Campaign

LRGRB06 Justin Neal, Strategy & Planning Director, Homewise Ltd

LRGRB07 Churchill Retirement plc