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New Clause 3

Volume 987: debated on Thursday 3 July 1980

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Suspension Of Provision For Liability To Progressive Surcharge In Respect Of Unused Office Etc Property

The Secretary of State may by order direct that section 17A (surcharge in respect of unused property) and 17B of the 1967 Act (supplemental provisions as to section 17A) shall cease to have effect.

If an order is made under subsection (1) above, the Secretary of State may by order again bring sections 17A and 17B of the 1967 Act into force.

(3) An order under this section may make such incidental, supplemental and consequential provision as appears to the Secretary of State to be expedient for the purposes of the order.

(4) The power to make such an order shall be exercisable by statutory instrument.

(5) A statutory instrument containing such an order shall be subject to amendment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.'.—[ Mr. King.]

Brought up, and read the First time.

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

This clause involves suspension by order of the surcharge on empty commercial property. It was discussed in Committee, and I announced then that we would introduce a new clause. In effect, this is a dead letter. The local authorities support the introduction of this measure and, as it has already been discussed in Committee, I hope that the House will agree that it does not need further amplification. I commend it to the House.

Question put and agreed to.

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