PARLIAMENTARY DEBATES

HOUSE OF COMMONS

OFFICIAL REPORT

Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation

DRAFT BUSINESS TENANCIES (NORTHERN IRELAND) ORDER

Wednesday 7 February 1996

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The Committee consisted of the following Members:

Chairman:Mr. Donald Anderson

Alison, Mr. Michael (Selby)

Barnes, Mr. Harry (North-East Derbyshire)

Budgen, Mr. Nicholas (Wolvrhampton, South-West)

Bruce, Mr. Malcolm (Gordon)

Corbyn, Mr. Jeremy (Islington, North)

Fishburn, Mr. Dudley (Kensington)

Galloway, Mr. George (Glasgow, Hillhead)

Gapes, Mr. Mike (Ilford, South)

Hamilton, Mr. Neil (Tatton)

Hood, Mr, Jimmy (Clyesdale)

Illsley, Mr. Eric (Barnsley, Central)

Livingstone, Mr. Ken (Brent, East)

Macdonald, Mr. Calum (Western Isles)

MacGregor, Mr. John (South Norfolk)

Spicer, Sir Jim (West Dorset)

Spicer, Sir Michael (South Worcestshire)

Taylor, Mr. John D. (Strangford)

Townsend, Mr. Cyril D. (Bexleyheath)

Wheeler, Sir John (Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office)

Wood, Mr. Timothy (Comptroller of Her Majesty's Household)

Mr. D. W. N. Doig, Committee Clerk

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[MR. DONALD ANDERSON in the Chair]

Draft Business Tenancies (Northern Ireland) Order 1996

4.30 pm

The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office (Sir John Wheeler): I beg to move, That the Committee has considered the draft Business Tenancies (Northern Ireland) Order 1996. The order was laid before the House on 15 January. The order implements the recommendations contained in the report of the Law Reform Advisory Committee for Northern Ireland on business tenancies, published in June 1994. The Committee recommended that the basic principles of the Business Tenancies Act (Northern Ireland) 1964 2 worked well, but that it could be improved with certain amendments of its provisions aimed at modernising its existing framework. The Government accepted the recommendations of the Law Reform Advisory Committee. The provisions of the order have been subject to extensive consultation and consideration by the Committee. They represent a useful modernisation of the law on business tenancies. I commend the order to the Committee.

4.31 pm

Mr. Eric Illsley (Barnsley, Central): I do not intend to detain the Committee. As the Minister pointed out, the order is a re-enactment of the 1964 Act which also reflects the British legislation contained in the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954. The Law Reform Advisory Committee for Northern Ireland has been considering the measure since 1990, and its report makes better reading than the explanatory document. The Committee consulted widely, and we accept its recommendations and the amended legislation.

Question put and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Committee has considered the draft Business Tenancies (Northern Ireland) Order 1996.

Committee rose at twenty-eight minutes to Five o'clock.

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THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS ATTENDED THE COMMITTEE:

Anderson, Mr. Donald (Chairman)

Fishburn, Mr.

Hamilton, Mr.

Illsley, Mr.

Macdonald, Mr.

MacGregor, Mr.

Spicer, Sir Jim

Spicer, Sir Michael

Townsend, Mr. Cyril D.

Wheeler, Sir John

Wood, Mr.

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