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Public Bill Committee: Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill: Clause 74 - Basic loss payment (28 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: It is good to serve in this Committee under your Chairmanship, Mr. Pike; I have not had that privilege before and I welcome you. I should mention to the hon. Member for Spelthorne (Mr. Wilshire) that I was dismayed when the cheer went up at 11.18. I had not, of course, had the benefit of hearing the reference to Heathrow before.

Public Bill Committee: Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill: Clause 74 - Basic loss payment (28 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: I found it very interesting. What can I say other than to register my dismay? We have debated clause 74 in some detail. The aim of these four clauses is to provide payments to make some allowances for the upset, discomfort and inconvenience of being required to leave a property or give up an interest in it at a time that is not of the owner or occupier's choosing. The new loss payments are...

Public Bill Committee: Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill: Clause 74 - Basic loss payment (28 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: We are not discussing the full cost of compulsory purchase in the round. This is a loss payment that is made on top of that for disturbance and the open market price for the land. I understand why the hon. Gentleman asks the question, but it is difficult to disaggregate the figure. However, we can try to estimate what it would do to the overall cost of the scheme. It will be right to keep it...

Public Bill Committee: Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill: Clause 74 - Basic loss payment (28 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: On a point of order, Mr. Amess. I know that this is not really the right time for such comments, but as you will not be in the Chair for our afternoon sitting, before you adjourn the Committee this morning I would like to put on the record my thanks to you for your chairmanship, and your unfailing courtesy and good humour. I shall convey my thanks to others, including your co-Chairman Mr....

Public Bill Committee: Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill: Clause 74 - Basic loss payment (28 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: I shall try to be brief, as the hon. Member for Cotswold was commendably so.

Public Bill Committee: Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill: Clause 74 - Basic loss payment (28 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: You know what it is like, Mr. Amess; lawyers are never brief. My apologies; I shall earn myself the unpopularity of not only Opposition Members but my hon. Friends. I must tell the hon. Member for Cotswold that there is a mistake in the drafting of the amendment. It mentions ''cases (i) to (iii) above'', but I assume that it should refer to cases (a) and (c). [Interruption.] I take it from...

Public Bill Committee: Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill: Clause 74 - Basic loss payment (28 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: I understand from my colleagues that the amendment was certainly not that way originally. Anyway, perhaps we should move on. I think that the hon. Member for Cotswold changed it.

Public Bill Committee: Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill: Clause 74 - Basic loss payment (28 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: That is a great help. I was about to say that I have taken instructions; that takes me back a few years. The amendment was originally printed wrongly, but it has clearly now been printed correctly. I accept completely that Opposition Members have before them the amendment in the correct form.

Public Bill Committee: Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill: Clause 74 - Basic loss payment (28 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman—

Public Bill Committee: Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill: Clause 74 - Basic loss payment (28 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: Not at all. The hon. Members for Spelthorne and for Cotswold are generous, as always. I take it that the intention behind the amendment is that in the case of a tenant from year to year, there would be no requirement for qualifying interest to subsist for a period of at least one year. Let me explain why I am not sure that I see the point of the amendment. If a claimant occupies property...

Public Bill Committee: Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill: Clause 74 - Basic loss payment (28 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: I referred to section 20, not section 11. I said that people might be entitled to compensation under that where a tenancy was terminated or surrendered instead of being compulsorily acquired, so we feel that those interests are covered. If it is compulsorily acquired, that is a different matter, but compensation may be available through other avenues.

Public Bill Committee: Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill: Clause 74 - Basic loss payment (28 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: Let me see what I can do. I feel that the Opposition have been a tad ungenerous in not welcoming the new loss payment scheme, which is a great improvement on the scheme that we were left by our predecessors. The scheme will greatly assist landowners. However, I will leave their lack of generosity aside.

Public Bill Committee: Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill: Clause 74 - Basic loss payment (28 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: I accept that. Let me try to respond to the points that have been raised. I do not think that I need detain the Committee on amendments Nos. 421 and 424. The hon. Member for Cotswold has referred to them already. They are redundant because, as the hon. Gentleman will agree, if we read to the end of clause 77 we see that the new section 33K already provides the regulation-making powers that he...

Public Bill Committee: Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill: Clause 74 - Basic loss payment (28 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: Obviously, we shall have to see how the new regime goes, but the figures would probably be updated in line with property values; the hon. Gentleman has made an important point. By contrast, the intention of amendments Nos. 436 and 438 is not to increase the maximum amount payable, but to remove the limit completely. For the reasons that I have already set out, the amendments would, if they...

Public Bill Committee: Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill: Clause 74 - Basic loss payment (28 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: I understand that point, but we must be clear about the purpose of the home loss payment. It is to compensate for the inconvenience of land being acquired at a time not of the owner's or occupier's choice. I am unsure whether a sliding scale could measure that. We do not believe that an open-ended regime would make the best use of the public funds available for land acquisition to facilitate...

Public Bill Committee: Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill: Clause 73 - Compulsory acquisition of land for development etc (28 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: I understand the point that the hon. Gentleman is making, but I do not accept it. Let me try to reassure him. In a sense this argument repeats the points that were made by the hon. Member for Ludlow. The changes to the wording of section 226 should help those whose land is to be acquired to understand why the land is needed and to prepare appropriate counter-arguments if they wish to object....

Public Bill Committee: Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill: Clause 73 - Compulsory acquisition of land for development etc (28 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: I shall break my habit of rising only once in order to deal with a couple of points. I cannot resist Crichel Down—I have a dim memory of doing an entrance paper that involved a reference to it, but I do not want to dwell on it because it involved ministerial resignations. Subsection (4) provides for the omission of section 226(2) of the 1990 Act, which currently specifies matters that the...

Public Bill Committee: Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill: Clause 73 - Compulsory acquisition of land for development etc (28 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: This has been an interesting debate. Who said that deep political issues could not be explored when debating compulsory purchase? It is clear from what the hon. Gentleman says that there is a political difference between his interpretation and ours. Our purpose is to make the legislation simpler to interpret. However, the test will remain onerous. Clause 73 amends the basis on which local...

Public Bill Committee: Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill: Clause 73 - Compulsory acquisition of land for development etc (28 Jan 2003)

Mrs Barbara Roche: No, I do not agree with that. The clause will make the criteria more apparent to local authorities. The hon. Gentleman has taken a close interest in the subject, so he will know that the genesis of the Bill lies in wide consultation and discussion with local authorities, which have welcomed it. In its response, Worcester city council said that it ''would welcome any legislative reform which...


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