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By LGCnet political correspondent Robert Hedley ...
By LGCnet political correspondent Robert Hedley

A private member's Bill giving councils mediation powers in disputes between neighbours over hedges - one of two, the other launched in the house of lords - was effectively killed by former Conservative environment minister Christopher Chope.

The MP for Christchurch spoke at length in debates on other private member's Bills. Last month, he delayed a third reading on the High Hedges (No 2) Bill by tabling a raft of amendments to a measure which has all-party support in both houses of parliament.

Having talked at length on other private Bills, there was little time left for Mr Chope to move his remaining amendments.

The measure will have another resumed second reading on 11 July. Clearly it now stands no chance of becoming law.

Hansard 4 July 2003: Column 722

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