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Volume 990: debated on Thursday 7 August 1980

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Lords amendment: No. 13, in page 6, line 15, leave out from "months" to "after" in line 17 and insert—

",where the application is made during the first year after the commencement of this section, or, in any other case, within 2 months"

I beg to move, That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said amendment.

With this it will be convenient to take Lords amendments Nos. 14 to 23.

Amendments Nos. 13 to 19 are drafting amendments to various stages in the process dealt with in the clause. Amendments Nos. 20 and 21 are purely drafting amendments to correct the grammar of clause 2(9) consequent upon the insertion of a new subsection. Amendments Nos. 22 and 23 correct a printing error in the wording of a Government amendment that appeared on Report.

The Bill as drafted without the amendments illustrates the extremely complex procedure for which provision is made. In the Government's enthusiasm to take care of every possible circumstance and to ensure that no local authority shall ever have any flexibility, we now have an extremely rigid and complicated procedure. I do not say that I hope that it will work. I hope that it does not work.

It was considerations similar to those that the right hon. Gentleman has indicated that led the Government to believe that the present wording was necessary.

Question put and agreed to.

Lords amendments Nos. 14 to 23 agreed to.