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House of Commons

 
 

Tuesday 25th April 2006

 

Standing Committee Proceedings

 

Standing Committee D

 

Commons Bill [Lords]


 

[first and second Sittings]


 

Mr Jim Knight

 

Agreed to

 

That—

 

(1)  

during proceedings on the Commons Bill [Lords] the Standing Committee

 

shall (in addition to its first meeting on Tuesday 25th April at 10.30 a.m.)

 

meet on—

 

(a)  

Tuesday 25th April at 4.00 p.m.;

 

(b)  

Thursday 27th April at 9.00 a.m. and 1.00 p.m.;

 

(2)  

the proceedings on the Bill shall (so far as not previously concluded) be

 

brought to a conclusion at 4.00 p.m. on Thursday 27th April.

 


 

Clauses 1 and 2 Agreed to.

 


 

Chris Huhne

 

Mr Roger Williams

 

Mr Dan Rogerson

 

Withdrawn  94

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  15,  leave out subsection (5).

 

Clause Agreed to.

 



 
 

S.C.D.  Standing Committee Proceedings: 25th April 2006            

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Commons Bill[ [], continued

 
 

Chris Huhne

 

Mr Roger Williams

 

Mr Dan Rogerson

 

Withdrawn  95

 

Clause  4,  page  2,  line  37,  at end insert—

 

‘(4)    

By agreement a local authority may delegate its responsibility as a commons

 

registration authority to another commons registration authority.’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 

Clauses 5 to 13 Agreed to.

 


 

David Maclean

 

Not selected  92

 

Clause  14,  page  7,  line  14,  leave out ‘made under or pursuant to any enactment’.

 

Chris Huhne

 

Mr Roger Williams

 

Mr Dan Rogerson

 

Not selected  96

 

Clause  14,  page  7,  line  21,  at end add—

 

‘(6)    

Any land acquired under subsection (3) should be contiguous with or accessible

 

for the rights holder to exercise his rights.’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Mr Jim Knight

 

Agreed to  1

 

Clause  15,  page  7,  line  24,  leave out ‘or (3)’ and insert ‘, (3) or (3A)’

 

Mr James Paice

 

Not called  42

 

Clause  15,  page  7,  line  24,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

subsection (1) does not apply to land for which at commencement—

 

(a)    

planning consent has been granted, or

 

(b)    

an application for registration as a town or village green has been refused

 

within a period of five years.’.

 

Mr Jim Knight

 

Agreed to  2

 

Clause  15,  page  7,  line  33,  after ‘application’ insert ‘but after the commencement

 

of this section’

 

Mr Jim Knight

 

Agreed to  3

 

Clause  15,  page  7,  line  34,  leave out ‘the relevant period’ and insert ‘the period of

 

two years beginning with the cessation referred to in paragraph (b)’


 
 

S.C.D.  Standing Committee Proceedings: 25th April 2006            

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Commons Bill[ [], continued

 
 

Mr Jim Knight

 

Agreed to  4

 

Clause  15,  page  7,  line  34,  at end insert—

 

‘(3A)    

This subsection applies where—

 

(a)    

a significant number of local inhabitants indulged as of right in lawful

 

sports and pastimes on the land for a period of at least 20 years;

 

(b)    

they ceased to do so before the commencement of this section;

 

(c)    

the application is made within the period of five years beginning with the

 

cessation referred to in paragraph (b); and

 

(d)    

the land was neither covered by a building nor within the curtilage of a

 

building on 18 April 2006.’

 

Mr Jim Knight

 

Agreed to  5

 

Clause  15,  page  7,  line  35,  leave out ‘and (3)(a)’ and insert ‘, (3)(a) and (3A)(a)’

 

Mr James Paice

 

Not called  43

 

Clause  15,  page  7,  line  44,  leave out subsection (5)(b).

 

Mr Jim Knight

 

Agreed to  6

 

Clause  15,  page  8,  line  3,  leave out subsection (6)

 

Mr James Paice

 

Not called  44

 

Clause  15,  page  8,  line  4,  leave out subsection (6)(a).

 

Mr James Paice

 

Not called  45

 

Clause  15,  page  8,  line  8,  leave out ‘two years’ and insert ‘one year’.

 

Mr James Paice

 

Not called  46

 

Clause  15,  page  8,  line  14,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

before agreeing to register any land the registration authority must take

 

reasonable steps to inform the owner of any part of the land and consider

 

whether the owner(s) has taken reasonable steps to prevent the land being

 

used as described in subsections (2) and (3).’.

 

Mr James Paice

 

Not called  47

 

Clause  15,  page  8,  line  14,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

before registration of any land the registration authority must consider

 

whether the owner(s) of that land shall be able to show that the users of

 

the land were informed throughout the period that consent to such use

 

was temporary and would not give rise to permanent rights.’.

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to.

 



 
 

S.C.D.  Standing Committee Proceedings: 25th April 2006            

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Commons Bill[ [], continued

 
 

Paddy Tipping

 

Mr David Drew

 

Chris Huhne

 

Mr Roger Williams

 

Mr Dan Rogerson

 

Withdrawn  32

 

Clause  16,  page  8,  line  32,  leave out subsection (2).

 

Mr David Drew

 

Chris Huhne

 

Mr Roger Williams

 

Mr Dan Rogerson

 

Not called  71

 

Clause  16,  page  8,  line  33,  at end insert—

 

‘(2A)    

If an application for release land of not more than 200 square metres is made less

 

than 10 years after an application has been granted for the release of other land

 

within a distance of 50 metres of it, then, regardless of any change of ownership

 

that may have occurred during that period, the application must include a

 

proposal under subsection (3).’.

 

Paddy Tipping

 

Mr David Drew

 

Chris Huhne

 

Mr Roger Williams

 

Mr Dan Rogerson

 

Not called  33

 

Clause  16,  page  8,  line  37,  leave out subsection (4).

 

Mr David Drew

 

Chris Huhne

 

Mr Roger Williams

 

Mr Dan Rogerson

 

Not called  72

 

Clause  16,  page  8,  line  41,  after ‘green’, insert ‘or already be any other public open

 

space;

 

(aa)    

the replacement land is not less in area and is equally advantageous to the

 

persons (if any) entitled to rights of common or other rights, and to the

 

public;’.

 

Mr David Drew

 

Chris Huhne

 

Mr Roger Williams

 

Mr Dan Rogerson

 

Not called  70

 

Clause  16,  page  9,  line  6,  at end insert—

 

‘(e)    

whether the alternative land is no less in area and equally advantageous

 

as the land taken’.

 

Paddy Tipping

 

Mr David Drew

 

Not called  34

 

Clause  16,  page  9,  line  8,  leave out ‘not more that 200 square metres in area’ and

 

insert ‘less than the area to be released’.


 
 

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Commons Bill[ [], continued

 
 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Chris Huhne

 

Mr Roger Williams

 

Mr Dan Rogerson

 

Withdrawn  97

 

Clause  17,  page  9,  line  37,  at end insert­—

 

‘(c)    

to ensure that land is contiguous with or accessible to the holder of

 

rights.’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 

Clause 18 Agreed to.

 


 

Mr James Paice

 

Withdrawn  64

 

Clause  19,  page  11,  line  14,  at end insert—

 

‘(i)    

the extent of any land registered as common land as a town or

 

village green save for the purpose of adding only to the

 

Commons Register land that immediately prior to the entry into

 

force of the Commons Registration Act 1965 was common land

 

pursuant to a Statute still in force at the date hereof and provided

 

the said land but for inadvertent non-compliance with the

 

requirement to register the said land under the Commons

 

Registration Act 1965 has since continued uninterruptedly

 

subject to the same rights thereover and has remained common

 

land to this day and has been treated and used as such;’.

 

Paddy Tipping

 

Mr David Drew

 

Not called  35

 

Clause  19,  page  11,  line  15,  leave out sub-paragraph (2)(b)(i).

 

Mr James Paice

 

Not called  48

 

Clause  19,  page  11,  line  17,  leave out subparagraph (2)(b)(ii).

 

Mr Jim Knight

 

Agreed to  7

 

Clause  19,  page  11,  line  19,  at end insert—

 

‘(e)    

updating any entry in the register relating to land registered as common

 

land or as a town or village green to take account of accretion or

 

diluvion.’

 

Mr James Paice

 

Not called  49

 

Clause  19,  page  11,  line  22,  at end insert—


 
 

S.C.D.  Standing Committee Proceedings: 25th April 2006            

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Commons Bill[ [], continued

 
 

‘(c)    

entries resulting from fraudulent declarations by the owner of the rights

 

at the time of registration.’.

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to.

 

Clauses 20 to 24 Agreed to.

 


 

Mr Jim Knight

 

Agreed to  8

 

Clause  24,  page  14,  line  14,  leave out ‘particular’ and insert ‘description of’

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to.

 

Clause 25 Agreed to.

 


 

Mr James Paice

 

Chris Huhne

 

Mr Roger Williams

 

Mr Dan Rogerson

 

Withdrawn  50

 

Clause  26,  page  15,  line  5,  leave out ‘association’ and insert ‘council’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Chris Huhne

 

Mr Roger Williams

 

Mr Dan Rogerson

 

Not selected  99

 

Clause  27,  page  15,  line  12,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

an application to form a commons association should be legislated to a

 

person or persons with a registered right on that common, the owner of

 

the common, or some other persons with a right on that common.’.

 

Mr James Paice

 

Negatived on division  61

 

Clause  27,  page  15,  line  28,  after ‘land’, insert ‘(and in particular persons actually

 

exercising rights of common over it)’.

 

Chris Huhne

 

Mr Roger Williams

 

Mr Dan Rogerson

 

Not called  100

 

Clause  27,  page  15,  line  30,  at end add ‘(and in particular persons exercising rights

 

of common over it).’.


 
 

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Commons Bill[ [], continued

 
 

Clause Agreed to.

 

Clauses 28 and 29 Agreed to.

 


 

Chris Huhne

 

Mr Roger Williams

 

Mr Dan Rogerson

 

Withdrawn  101

 

Clause  30,  page  16,  line  27,  at end insert—

 

‘(1A)    

Such constitution or order under section 26 should ensure that holders of rights

 

on the common have a majority.’.

 

Mr James Paice

 

Not called  51

 

Clause  30,  page  16,  line  29,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

the proportion of members of the association who should be owners of

 

rights.’.

 

Mr David Drew

 

Chris Huhne

 

Mr Roger Williams

 

Mr Dan Rogerson

 

Not called  73

 

Clause  30,  page  16,  line  33,  at end insert—

 

‘(e)    

the holding of meetings in public’.

 

Mr David Drew

 

Paddy Tipping

 

Mr Paul Truswell

 

Not called  37

 

Clause  30,  page  16,  line  35,  leave out paragraph (3)(a) and insert—

 

‘(a)    

the election of at least half the members of the association;

 

(aa)    

the local community from which members are to be drawn and the role

 

of representatives of town and parish councils’.

 

Mr James Paice

 

Not called  65

 

Clause  30,  page  16,  line  41,  at end insert—

 

‘(h)    

membership of the association consisting of common rights holders, the

 

owner of the land, tenants and holders of sporting rights.’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

David Maclean

 

Withdrawn  93

 

Clause  31,  page  17,  line  43,  at end insert—


 
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