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Access To Neighbouring Land Bill Lords

Volume 205: debated on Friday 6 March 1992

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Read a Second time; considered in Committee; reported without amendment.

I remind the House that Mr. Speaker has deprecated the considering of Bills without adequate prior notice.

On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I detected a note of incredulity in your voice and saw the incredulity on the faces of some hon. Members. It would have been useful if, when the Bill was briefly in Committee, I could have caught your eye to ask its sponsor to explain, in a few sentences, what he wanted the Bill to achieve. Instead, the Bill was rushed through in a matter of seconds. As you correctly said, Mr. Speaker on more than one occasion has said that that should not happen.

Further to that point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. May I help by saying that the Bill has been fully considered in the other place and has all-party support? It is a simple Bill to allow somebody whose house is in danger of falling down to repair it, even if neighbours object, although he or she would first have to get the courts' approval.

Bill read the Third time, and passed, without amendment.