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Clause 47—(Assumptions To Be Made In Assessing Compensation On Compulsory Acquisition)

Volume 437: debated on Monday 12 May 1947

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

The omission of this Clause and of the two succeeding Clauses is necessary in order to insert new Clauses dealing with the proposed new basis of compensation for compulsory purchase.

I do not rise to urge that Clause 47 should stand part of the Bill. I shall be glad to see this obnoxious Clause pass from this Bill. The right hon. Gentleman indicated in Committee, in response to representations on the inequity of 1939 prices, that he proposed to introduce at a later stage other provisions modifying and altering them. He was not then in a position to indicate the nature of them, but he has since put them on the Order Paper. When we come to consider what it is proposed to substitute, we may have something to say about it, but both sides of the Committee are agreed about making the necessary aperture or gap, subsequently to be filled up by what the Minister suggests at a later stage.

Question, "That the Clause stand part of the Bill" put, and negatived.