Functions and dissolution of the Commission for the New TownsE+W
1 Change in functions of Commission.E+W
(1)Sections 36 and 37 of the M1New Towns Act 1981 (which define the Commission’s basic function of holding and turning to account new town property transferred to it and its other powers) shall be amended as provided in subsections (2) to (4) below.
(2)For section 36(1)
and (2) there shall be substituted the following subsections—
“(1)The purposes for which the Commission exists are—
(a)to take over and, with a view to its eventual disposal, to hold, manage and turn to account the property of development corporations transferred to the Commission under this Act, and
(b)as soon as it considers it expedient to do so, to dispose of property so transferred and any other property held by it,
due regard being had to the considerations specified in subsection (2) below.
(2)Those considerations, in relation to any new town, are—
(a)the convenience and welfare of persons residing, working or carrying on business there, and
(b)until disposal, the maintenance and enhancement of the value of the land held and the return obtained from it.”
(3)In section 36(3), for the words “the purpose" there shall be substituted the words “any of the purposes" and—
(a)in paragraph (b), the words from “with the approval" to “Treasury” shall be omitted and for the words from “water" onwards there shall be substituted the following—
(iii)gas or electricity services; or
(iv)sewerage or sewage disposal services;”; and
(b)paragraph (d) shall be omitted.
(4)For section 37(3) there shall be substituted the following subsection—
“(3)The Commission shall not by virtue of section 36 above—
(a)acquire land or any interest or rights in or over land,
(b)make contributions towards the cost of providing amenities, supplies or services,
(c)make loans or advances or give guarantees,
(d)develop land otherwise than in accordance with proposals submitted to and approved by the Secretary of State, or
(e)dispose of any property by way of gift or for a consideration which is less than the best reasonably obtainable,
except under the general or special authority of the Secretary of State.”
2 Power to dissolve Commission.E+W
In Schedule 9 to the M2New Towns Act 1981, after paragraph 6, there shall be added the following paragraph—
“7(1)If at any time it appears to the Secretary of State that the purposes for which the Commission exists under this Act have been substantially achieved, he may, by order, on such day as he may appoint—
(a)terminate the exercise by the Commission of its functions except for the purpose of winding-up its affairs;
(b)vest in himself, any other Minister of the Crown or any accountable public authority any property, rights, liabilities or obligations of the Commissions;
(c)extinguish any liability of the Commission in respect of money lent or advanced at any time by the Secretary of State to any development corporation or to the Commission;
(d)dissolve the Commission
(2)Different days may be appointed for different purposes of this paragraph.
(3)Any order under this paragraph may include such incidental, supplemental, consequential or transitional provisions as the Secretary of State thinks fit, including amendments of and repeals in this Act so far as it relates to the Commission.
(4)Any sums arising out of the vesting of property or out of property vested in a Minister of the Crown by an order under this paragraph shall be paid into the Consolidated Fund and any sums required to meet any liabilities assumed or incurred by a Minister of the Crown or to defray any expenditure of his in connection with the management of property so vested in him shall be paid out of money provided by Parliament.
(5)No order containing provision for the purpose specified in sub-paragraph (1)(c) above shall be made without the consent of the Treasury; but if such provision is made the assets of the National Loans Fund shall be reduced by the aggregate amount by which the liabilities of the Commission are thereby reduced.
(6)No order under this paragraph containing provision for the purpose specified in sub-paragraph (1)(a) or (c) above shall be made unless a draft of it has been laid before Parliament and approved by resolution of each House.
(7)In this paragraph “accountable public authority” means any statutory corporation a majority of the members of which are appointed by a Minister of the Crown.”