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Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer: My Lords, I thank the Government for bringing forward this amendment in the short time they had available to resolve these difficult issues. In particular, I thank the Minister for explaining subsection (3)(b), which was quite difficult to interpret. There is no doubt that these smaller open spaces are important to people, and I believe that this provision will be valuable.

Perhaps I may ask the Minister whether the Government anticipate that regulations will be made

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within a fairly short time. She mentioned a timescale of two years for paragraph (b). Presumably, that is the same time that would be required for regulations to be made. I am slightly nervous about that issue because we know that greens are being lost to developers who exploit the loopholes. I wish to establish that the timescale will be adequate in order to cover that issue.

I also appreciate the Minister's definition of what the Government have in mind in relation to the term "neighbourhood". As I understand it, the intention is to widen the definition of "locality" so that there can be no argument if people from an area generally use a green. Whether it is a locality or a neighbourhood, that is an adequate test. I thank the Government for that.

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, with regard to the noble Baroness's second question, the intention when introducing the phrase was to clarify that the area from which the users come does not have to follow an administrative boundary. I understand that the timescale is approximately the same. Therefore, I am sure that the noble Baroness will find it acceptable. Should I find that I am in error, I shall of course write to her.

On Question, amendment agreed to.

Schedule 16 [Repeals]:

Lord Whitty moved Amendments Nos. 259 to 261:


    Page 144, line 3, at end insert--


    ("1980 c. 66.The Highways Act 1980.Section 134(5).")


    Page 144, line 5, column 3, at end insert--


("In section 57(1), the words "on such scale as may be so prescribed,".")

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    Page 146, line 16, at end insert--

("Part VI
Other

ChapterShort titleExtent of repeal
1981 c. 69.The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.In section 39(1), the words "both in the countryside and".")

On Question, amendments agreed to.

Clause 92 [Commencement]:

Lord Whitty moved Amendments Nos. 262 to 263:


    Page 61, line 14, leave out ("and 16") and insert ("to 17").


    Page 61, line 21, after ("10,") insert ("11").


    Page 61, line 22, at end insert--


("sections (Local access forums) and (Local access forums: supplementary).").

On Question, amendments agreed to.

[Amendments Nos. 264 to 264B not moved.]

Clause 93 [Interpretation, short title and extent]:

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton moved Amendment No. 265:


    Page 61, line 36, at end insert--


(""local access forum" means a local access forum established under section (Local access forums).").

On Question, amendment agreed to.

Transport Bill

Returned from the Commons with certain amendments disagreed to with reasons for such disagreement and with the remaining amendments agreed to; the reasons were ordered to be printed (HL Bill 131).

        House adjourned at fifteen minutes before two o'clock.


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