chapter  26
Compulsory Purchase Compensation I Compensation for Land Taken
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The statutes, private and public alike, prescribed the procedural steps to be taken but left the question of payment to be dealt with by valuers.

But this separation from law was illusory, because no valuers can compel agreement. In the absence of agreement on compensation, arbitration was essential, whether by privately appointed arbitrators or official arbitrators prescribed under the Acquisition of Land (Assessment of Compensation) Act 1919 (and earlier statutes) or ultimately the Lands Tribunal (Lands Tribunal Act 1949).