Housing and Development (Amendment) Bill

Bill No. 25/1984

Read the first time on 24th July 1984.
An Act to amend the Housing and Development Act (Chapter 271 of the Revised Edition).
Be it enacted by the President with the advice and consent of the Parliament of Singapore, as follows:
Short title and commencement
1.  This Act may be cited as the Housing and Development (Amendment) Act 1984 and shall come into operation on such date as the Minister may, by notification in the Gazette, appoint.
Amendment of section 13
2.  Section 13(d) of the Housing and Development Act (referred to in this Act as the principal Act) is deleted and the following paragraph substituted therefor:
(d)to provide loans, with the approval of the Minister, to enable persons to purchase —
(i)any developed land; or
(ii)any other land belonging to the Board for which planning permission to develop has been obtained under the Planning Act (Cap. 279),
or any part thereof upon a mortgage of that land;”.
Amendment of section 44
3.  Section 44(4) of the principal Act is deleted and the following subsection substituted therefor:
(4)  (a)  No trust in respect of any such flat, house or other building shall be created by the owner thereof without the prior written approval of the Board.

(b)Every trust which purports to be created in respect of any such flat, house or other building without the prior written approval of the Board shall be void.”.

Amendment of section 48C
4.  Section 48C(1) of the principal Act is deleted and the following subsections substituted therefor:
(1)  The Board shall pay the compensation determined by the Board or varied by the Minister on an appeal to an owner or to both an owner and an interested person in such proportion as the Board may decide or as may be varied by the Minister.
(1A)  Where any person entitled to the compensation refuses to accept it or cannot with due diligence be found or where there is any dispute as to the apportionment of the compensation, the Board shall apply to the High Court ex parte by summons supported by an affidavit for an order to deposit the amount of compensation or any part thereof in Court and, notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the Rules of the Supreme Court for the time being in force, the High Court may make such an order.”.
Amendment of section 52
5.  Section 52(1) of the principal Act is deleted and the following subsection substituted therefor:
(1)  The Board shall in every financial year cause to be prepared in a form to be approved by the Minister a budget to be forwarded to the Minister not later than the 15th day of November containing estimates of the income and expenditure of the Board for the ensuing financial year.”.
Amendment of section 55
6.  Section 55 of the principal Act is amended —
(a)by deleting the words “a Financial Officer” in subsection (2) and substituting the words “the Chief Financial Officer”;
(b)by deleting subsections (7) and (8) and substituting the following subsection:
(7)  The Auditor shall in his report state —
(a)whether the financial statements show fairly the financial transactions and the state of affairs of the Board;
(b)whether proper accounting and other records have been kept, including records of all assets of the Board, whether purchased, donated or otherwise;
(c)whether the receipts, expenditure and investment of moneys, and the acquisition and disposal of assets by the Board during the financial year have been in accordance with this Act; and
(d)such other matters arising from the audit as he considers should be reported.”; and
(c)by renumbering subsection (9) as subsection (8).
Amendment of section 57
7.  Section 57(1) of the principal Act is amended by deleting the words “Financial Officer” and substituting the words “Chief Financial Officer or the Chairman and such officer of the Board as may be authorised in writing by the Board”.
Amendment of section 59
8.  Section 59 of the principal Act is amended —
(a)by deleting the words “Minister to the credit of a fund to be called the Housing and Development Fund. The Fund shall include a Capital Account and a Housing Account” in subsection (1) and substituting the word “Chairman”; and
(b)by deleting subsections (2) and (3) and substituting the following subsection:
(2)  Upon the commencement of the Housing and Development (Amendment) Act 1984, all moneys standing to the credit of the Housing and Development Fund maintained by the Board prior to the commencement of that Act shall be transferred to and vest in such bank account or accounts opened and maintained by the Board under subsection (1) as the Chairman thinks fit.”.
Amendment of section 60
9.  Section 60(1) of the principal Act is amended by deleting the words “out of the Housing and Development Fund” and substituting the words “by the Board”.