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Local Government and Housing Act 1989

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84After that section there shall be inserted the following section—

604AAuthority to consider guidance given by Secretary of State in deciding whether to take action under section 189, section 264, section 265 or section 289

(1)In deciding for the purposes of sections 189, 264, 265 and 289 whether the most satisfactory course of action, in respect of any dwelling-house, house in multiple occupation or building, is, if applicable,—

(a)serving notice under subsection (1) of section 189; or

(b)serving notice under subsection (1A) of that section; or

(c)making a closing order under subsection (1) of section 264; or

(d)making a closing order under subsection (2) of that section with respect to the whole or a part of the building concerned; or

(e)making a demolition order under subsection (1) of section 265; or

(f)making a demolition under subsection (2) of that section; or

(g)declaring the area in which the dwelling-house, house in multiple occupation or building is situated to be a clearance area in accordance with section 289;

the local housing authority shall have regard to such guidance as may from time to time be given by the Secretary of State.

(2)The Secretary of State may give guidance under subsection (1) to authorities generally or may give different guidance to different descriptions of authority or to authorities in different areas; and, without prejudice to the matters in respect of which the Secretary of State may give guidance, he may, in particular, give guidance in respect of financial and social considerations to be taken into account by authorities.

(3)Where the Secretary of State proposes to give guidance under subsection (1), or to revise guidance already given, he shall lay a draft of the proposed guidance or alterations before each House of Parliament and—

(a)he shall not give the guidance or revise the guidance until after the expiration of the period of forty days beginning with the day on which the draft is laid (or, if copies are laid before each House of Parliament on different days, with the later of those days); and

(b)if within that period either House resolves that the guidance or alterations be withdrawn he shall not proceed with the proposed alterations (but without prejudice to the laying of a further draft).

(4)In computing for the purposes of subsection (3) the period of forty days no account shall be taken of any time during which Parliament is dissolved or prorogued or during which both Houses are adjourned for more than four days.

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