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Clause 28—(Provision Of Information By Other Local Authorities)

Volume 467: debated on Tuesday 19 July 1949

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I beg to move, in page 18, line 12, at the end, to insert:

(3) Any arrangements made under this section for the provision of information by a parish council shall require the council to cause a parish meeting to be held for the purpose of considering the information to be provided by the council; and any arrangements so made for the provision of information by the council of a rural district shall, as respects each parish in the district not having a parish council, require the representative body of the parish or a member of that body to cause a parish meeting to be held for the purpose of considering the information to be provided by the district council in relation to the parish.
This Amendment carries out an undertaking which was given to the hon. Member for Twickenham (Mr. Keeling). It secures that in all cases a parish meeting shall have an opportunity to consider information provided by the parish council for the purpose of helping to draw up the draft map showing rights of way. The Amendment also deals with the case which the hon. Member had in mind in which there is no parish council. The Amendment provides that in any event the views of the parish shall be taken into account. I need hardly elaborate further the details of the Amendment. I think they explain themselves.

In thanking the hon. Gentleman for having tabled this Amendment, I should like to say that it not only stems from an Amendment which I moved in Committee but it is, I am sure, due in part to the sympathetic interest of the Parliamentary Secretary, who told us that he had not only been a parish councillor for ten years but had actually attended meetings of his parish council.

Amendment agreed to.

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