HC Deb 07 June 1883 vol 279 c1905

asked the Right honourable Member for North Hants, as official Verderer, Whether it is the case that a serious encroachment is being made by the Commissioners of Woods and Forests on the rights of the Commoners of the New Forest in respect of the pasturage; and, whether he can state the nature of the encroachment, and what steps the Court of Verderers have taken to guard the interests of the Commoners?


Sir, a Memorial has been addressed to the Verderers of the New Forest by certain Commoners, complaining of damage which is being caused to the pasture by the operations of a person who has been licensed by the Commissioners of Woods to dig for and carry away loam. A summons has been issued against the licencee; and the questions involved, which are undoubtedly of importance, have been the subject of correspondence between the Commissioners and the Verderers, so that my hon. Friend may feel assured that they are receiving careful attention.