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Clause 20—(Addresses Within The Same Area)

Volume 416: debated on Thursday 12 April 1945

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I beg to move, in page 13, line 38, after "London," insert:

"or of any metropolitan borough contiguous thereto."
This is a drafting Amendment which is necessary in order to make quite clear that two addresses, one in the City and the other in a contiguous metropolitan borough, respectively, would rank as being in the combined area of two contiguous metropolitan boroughs.

Amendment agreed to.

Motion made, and Question proposed "That the Clause, as amended, stand part of the Bill."

I rise to repeat a question which I put earlier and which the right hon. Gentleman said he would answer when we reached Clause 20. I should be grateful if he would tell us the legal definition of the words "rural parish" used in paragraph (e) in this connection.

I cannot answer for Scotland in this matter because their local government is so different from ours. But this Parliament does occasionally deal with Scottish matters, and I would not like some Scottish Members to intervene to say that my definition was inadequate as applying to that country. If there is any Scottish point, I have no doubt that my hon. Friend the Joint Under-Secretary of State will deal with it. A rural parish in England and Wales is an area covered either by a parish council or a parish meeting. It is a civil parish and not an ecclesiastical one. I think the definition is given in the Local Government Act, 1933. It is any area that has a parish council or, if its population is not sufficient to have a parish council, has a parish meeting. Such an area is regarded as a parish for the purposes of this Bill.

Question put, and agreed to.

Clause, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.