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Land Compensation Payments

Volume 929: debated on Monday 28 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will introduce amending legislation to Part 1 of the Land Compensation Act 1973, seeking to extend the claim period from two to four years; and if he will issue instructions that all residents affected by motorway building are notified individually and not merely by means of a newspaper which it is assumed the residents will read.

I have no plans to introduce legislation extending the claim period. The provisions governing the validity of claims are complex, and so are the effects of a new highway on property values. It would not be possible to identify all owners of interests that would qualify for payment of compensation, nor to avoid raising false hopes in others whose interests would not qualify.