HC Deb 28 March 1890 vol 343 c168
MR. COMPTON (Hants, New Forest)

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury if his attention, or that of the Commissioners of Woods, &c., has been lately directed to the enclosure of some 50 acres of the open, lauds of the New Forest, in the parish of Boldre, in or about the year 1832; and if he could state under what powers these enclosures were made; if under the Act of I and 2 Will. 4, cap. 57, under what powers the Office of Woods, &c., now claim a fee simple in such land free of commoners' rights, and charge a rack rent for the same under a lease made to private Trustees?


Yes, Sir. The attention of the Treasury has been directed to the subject of my hon. Friend's question. These enclosures were made under the Act of I and 2 Will. IV., cap. 59, not 57, as stated in the question; and I am informed that, inasmuch as this land has been enclosed for more than 20 years, the rights of the commoners have been extinguished.

In reply to a further question by Mr. COMPTON,


said: I understand that a record is kept in the Inland Revenue Department. I am not aware whether a record is also kept in any other office; but if the hon. Member will repeat the question I will answer it upon another day.

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