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New Clause—(Accommodation, Meals And Refreshments Along Long- Distance Routes)

Volume 467: debated on Tuesday 19 July 1949

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(1) Where approved proposals relating to a long-distance route include proposals for the provision, along any part of the route, of accommodation, meals and refreshments, it shall be the duty of local planning authorities through whose area, or in the neighbourhood of whose area, that part of the route passes to make such arrangements under this section as are requisite for giving effect to the last-mentioned proposals

(2) The arrangements to be made by an authority under this section shall be arrangements for securing, at places in their area convenient for persons using the part of the route in question, the provision, whether by the authority or other persons, of accommodation, meals and refreshments (including, if the authority think fit, intoxicating liquor).

(3) For the purposes of arrangements under this section a local planning authority may erect such buildings and carry out such work as may appear to them to be necessary or expedient.

(4) The foregoing provisions of this section shall not authorise or require an authority, on land in which any other person has an interest, without his consent to do anything which apart from this section would be actionable at his suit by virtue of that interest.

(5) A local planning authority may acquire land compulsorily for the purpose of any of their functions under this section.—[ Mr. Silkin.]

Brought up, and read the First time.

I beg to move, "That the Clause be read a Second time."

The Committee will appreciate that it is not much use providing long-distance routes of the character which has been referred to, running many miles, unless there is some provision made for accommodation, meals and refreshments, and the intention is that local planning authorities shall have the same powers of providing these facilities along long-distance routes as they are provided with in the Bill in connection with national parks.

Question put, and agreed to.

Clause read a Second time, and added to the Bill.