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Compulsory Purchase And Blight

Volume 590: debated on Thursday 11 June 1998

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asked Her Majesty's Government:What was the outcome of consultation on the final report of the Indepartmental Working Group on Blight and what proposals they have to change the law relating to compulsory purchase and blight. [HL2249]

The results of the consultation have shown that blight is just one issue which needs to be reviewed in relation to compulsory purchase and land compensation. We have, therefore, commissioned an fundamental review of the law and procedures which relate to the compulsory acquisition of land. We have placed a copy of the terms of reference of the review in the Library of the House. We would expect to have a interim report on this by the end of the year.My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Scotland will consider separately the case for reform of the law in Scotland.