Public Offices (Site) Act 1947

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1947 c. 45

Public Offices (Site) Act, 1947

(10 & 11 Geo. 6.) CHAPTER 45.

An Act to make provision for the acquisition of a site for public offices in Westminster, to amend the Westminster Hospital Act, 1913, and for purposes connected with the matters aforesaid.

[31st July 1947]

Whereas it is expedient that the Minister of Works (hereafter in this Act referred to as ‘the Minister’) should be empowered to acquire compulsorily, as a site for public offices, certain lands and buildings (hereafter in this Act referred to as ‘the said site’) situated on the northern side of the Broad Sanctuary in the parish of St. Margaret in the city of Westminster, being the former site of Westminster Hospital, and to erect buildings on the said site:

And whereas by the Westminster Hospital Act, 1913, certain provisions and restrictions were made to apply to the said site and to any new building erected thereon:

And whereas it is expedient that certain of the said restrictions should cease to apply after the acquisition of the said site by the Minister:

And whereas a plan showing the said site to be acquired by the Minister under this Act, with a book of reference containing the names of the owners or reputed owners and of the occupier of the said site (there being no lessees) have been deposited with the clerk of the London County Council (which plan and book of reference are in this Act respectively referred to as ‘the deposited plan’ and ‘the deposited book of reference’):

And whereas the objects aforesaid cannot be effected without the authority of Parliament:

Be it therefore enacted by the King's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

S-1 Power to acquire land.

1 Power to acquire land.

(1) Subject to the provisions of this Act, the Minister may, with the consent of the Treasury, acquire the said site, either by agreement or compulsorily, for the purposes of this Act.

(2) A person dealing with the Minister in respect of the said site shall not be bound or entitled to inquire whether the consent of the Treasury has been given to that dealing.

(3) The power to purchase land compulsorily under this Act shall cease on the expiration of three years from the passing of this Act.

S-2 Incorporation of Lands Clauses Acts.

2 Incorporation of Lands Clauses Acts.

2. The Lands Clauses Acts are, subject to the provisions of this Act, hereby incorporated with this Act with the following exceptions and modifications, that is to say:—

a ) in the construction of the Lands Clauses Acts as incorporated with this Act, this Act shall be deemed to be the special Act, and the Minister shall be deemed to be the promoter of the undertaking
b ) the following sections of the Lands Clauses Consolidation Act, 1845, that is to say, sections one hundred and twenty-seven to one hundred and thirty-two (which relate to sale of superfluous land), section one hundred and thirty-three (which relates to promoters making good deficiencies in land tax and rates) and sections one hundred and fifty and one hundred and fifty-one (which relate to access to the special Act), shall be excepted from incorporation with this Act;
c ) at any time after notice to treat has been served, the Minister may, after giving not less than fourteen days' notice to the owners and occupier of the said site enter on and take possession of the land specified in the notice without previous consent or compliance with sections eighty-four to ninety of the Lands Clauses Consolidation Act, 1845, but subject to the payment of the like compensation for the land of which possession is taken, and interest on the compensation awarded, as would have been payable if those provisions had been complied with.
S-3 Compensation in case of recent alterations.

3 Compensation in case of recent alterations.

3. In determining any question of disputed purchase money or compensation under this Act, no allowance shall be made on account of any improvement or alteration effected, or interest created, after the ninth day of December nineteen hundred and forty-six, which, in the opinion of the tribunal to whom the question is submitted, was not reasonably necessary or was effected or created with a view to obtaining or increasing compensation.

S-4 Power to enter on lands for purpose of surveying.

4 Power to enter on lands for purpose of surveying.

4. The Minister or any person acting on his behalf may, at all reasonable times between ten o'clock in the forenoon and four o'clock in the afternoon after giving, on the first occasion twenty-four hours', and on subsequent occasions twelve hours' notice in writing to the owners and occupier...

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