Lords Amendment: In page 44, line 42, at end insert new Clause "B":
(1) In the case of any compulsory acquisition to which any of the following provisions of the Housing (Scotland) Act, 1950, that is to say—
(2) In this section references to compensation are references to compensation payable in respect of the acquisition otherwise than by virtue of section thirty-three of this Act and exclusive of any compensation for disturbance or for severance or for injurious affection.
I beg to move, "That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment."
It might be for the convenience of the House if we considered the Amendment together with the Amendments in page 44, line 43; page 80, line 1; page 92, line 46; page 94, line 11; page 94, line 22, and page 94, line 29.
§ Mr. Woodburn
On a point of order. I understand that we are discussing the proposed now Clause "B," which covers the point that we raised with regard to cleared sites.
It is quite confusing to jump the pages in this way. The Amendments might be discussed together, but they should be put separately.
It was only for the convenience of the House that I made the suggestion, but in view of what you have said, Mr. Deputy-Speaker, it might be permissible to take the new Clause with the Amendment in page 44, line 43.
The new Clause and that Amendment give effect to the undertaking which the right hon. Member for East Stirlingshire (Mr. Woodburn) said was given on the Report stage to amend the Clause so as to secure that compensation payable will not exceed the compensation that would have been payable under the Housing (Scotland) Act, 1950 if the "cleared site" formula in that Act had not been repealed by this Clause. That is the purpose of the new Clause.
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§ Mr. Woodburn
I should like to express our thanks to the right hon. and gallant Gentleman for this Amendment. When the Bill was first printed we were 989 rather alarmed about the change in the valuation. While we were assured that, in practice, it would mean local authorities would probably pay less when buying such properties, it did not seem quite certain. We felt there was a little possibility that, in addition to paying for the site, they might be asked to pay for the building also. We are glad that this has been included. It covers a point about which many of my hon. Friends were disturbed.