Planning and Compulsory Purchase (Re-committed) Bill

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Sir Sydney Chapman: I am grateful to the Minister and reassured by his comments. At the risk of being out of order, could he say whether the external group was also consulted on new clauses 19, 20 and 21? If he could say that—if not now, then later—that would help the Committee.

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Keith Hill: I can respond to that immediately by saying the advisory group was further consulted on most of the proposals.

Mr. Clifton-Brown: I want to press the Minister a little further on the last subject that was raised. I am confused about what was supposed to be in this Bill and what is supposed to be in the next compulsory purchase Bill, which I believe will deal with subjects recommended by the Law Commission. I pressed the former Minister, now the Under-Secretary of State for Transport, the hon. Member for Harrow, East (Mr. McNulty) on that. Will the Minister now comment on how these provisions came to be in this Bill and how they differ from what will be in the subsequent Bill? Will he also confirm that new clause 17 in no way alters the provisions about disturbance and injurious affection?

The Chairman: Order. Before I call the Minister, I should say that we should be careful that we do not get too far along in discussing what may or may not appear in other Bills later this year.

Keith Hill: I am happy to take your advice on that, Mr. Pike. My initial reaction was that the hon.

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Member for Cotswold knows a lot more than me about those matters. The Law Commission is examining a range of property issues, including that of tenure, but it would be premature to suggest or assume that a further compulsory purchase Bill is envisaged at this stage. I hope that that reply complies with your request, Mr. Pike.

I want again to offer assurance to the Committee about the source of the proposals on compulsory purchase. They were proposed by the expert group to which I have referred. On the issue of injurious affection and disturbance, I hope that the Committee will indulge me if I say that that is another matter on which I could reasonably write to the hon. Gentleman.

Question put and agreed to.

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

Further consideration adjourned.—[Paul Clark.]

Adjourned accordingly at sixteen minutes to Seven o'clock till Thursday 16 October at ten minutes past Nine o'clock.

The following Members attended the Committee:
Hurst, Mr. Alan
Pike, Mr. Peter (Chairmen)
Chapman, Sir Sydney
Clark, Paul
Clifton-Brown, Mr.
Cooper, Yvette
Follett, Barbara
Francis, Dr.
Francois, Mr.
Green, Matthew
Hill, Keith
McDonagh, Siobhain
Rooney, Mr.
Turner, Mr. Andrew
Whitehead, Dr.

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