Commonhold and Leasehold

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Mr. Cash: It would be interesting to know the outcome of the case, even though the decision to remove the words has been taken in principle and as a matter of policy. That said, I am happy to go along with the idea that we shall review the matter later, even though we must always reserve judgment on Government amendments, particularly when they are tabled late in the day. I should like to know about the case if the Minister can provide the details.

Ms Keeble: I assume that the hon. Gentleman wants to decide whether to table amendments on Report. Perhaps I can provide you, Mr. Hurst, with as many details as I can about the case before Report stage and then copy the letter to members of the Committee. That should perhaps happen as close as possible to Report stage. Presumably, the hon. Member for Stone (Mr. Cash) would rather have a decision than an early explanation that then had to be updated. If the Committee is happy with that, I propose that we proceed in that way.

Mr. Taylor: On a point of order, Mr. Hurst. While we are discussing the correct way to deal with such a matter, which is a letter to you with copies to the rest of us, I remind the Minister that I still await a letter or copy of a letter to you from the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, concerning the rights of the deserted spouse. I say that in a non-hostile way, knowing how busy she is and that she has all sorts of things to bear in mind.

5.45 pm

The Chairman: That is not a point of order, although it skirted dangerously close to being one on occasion. I am sure that the Minister has heard what has been said.

Amendment agreed to.

Amendments made: No. 108, in page 75, line 32, leave out 'or not any amount is so' and insert—

    'a service charge is'.

No. 109, in page 76, line 13, leave out from 'having' to end of line 14 and insert—

    'made any payment.'.—[Ms Keeble.]

Clause 151, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clauses 152 and 153 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Schedule 10 agreed to.

Clause 154 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Column Number: 165

Schedule 11

Administration charges

Amendments made: No. 110, in page 122, leave out line 14.

No. 111, in page 122, line 16, leave out 'or not any amount is so' and insert—

    'an administration charge is'.

No. 112, in page 122, line 34, leave out from 'having' to end of line 35 and insert—

    'made any payment.'.—[Ms Keeble.]

Schedule 11, as amended, agreed to.

Clauses 155 to 158 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clause 159

Requirement to notify long leaseholders

that rent is due

Sue Doughty: I beg to move amendment No. 98, in page 81, line 23, leave out 'must be in a prescribed form' and insert—

    'must contain such information as may be prescribed'.

Column Number: 166

This is a small amendment. Its purpose is to ensure that prescribed information is contained in the notice, but that the notice does not fail on a technicality. It would make a minor improvement to the wording. No one wants someone to fail on a technicality, as it would lead to increased costs and satellite litigation.

Ms Keeble: I will briefly tackle the concerns voiced by the hon. Member for Guildford. If I understood her correctly, she would like the notice to contain such information as may be prescribed but has not said what is to be prescribed. We have provided for that already in subsection (2), which states that the notice

    ''shall contain any such further information as may be prescribed''.

I invite her to withdraw the amendment, as similar wording is already in the Bill.

Sue Doughty: Happily, I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Clause 159 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Further consideration adjourned.—[Mr. Stringer.]

Adjourned accordingly at nine minutes to Six o'clock till Thursday 24 January at half-past Nine o'clock.

The following Members attended the Committee:
Hurst, Mr. Alan (Chairman)
Cash, Mr.
Crausby, Mr.
Doughty, Sue
Hendrick, Mr.
Hepburn, Mr.
Iddon, Dr.
Keeble, Ms
Lewis, Dr. Julian
McIsaac, Shona
Marsden, Mr. Gordon
Sanders, Mr.
Selous, Andrew
Stringer, Mr.
Taylor, Mr. John
Thomas, Gareth
Wiggin, Mr.
Woolas, Mr.
Wright, David

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