HC Deb 04 April 1895 vol 32 cc917-8
MR. T. BUCKNILL (Surrey, Epsom)

I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board whether, in hiring allotments under Section 10 of the Local Government Act of 1894, Parish Councils are restricted to hiring them for the benefit only of such persons as are included under the term "the labouring population," used in Section 2 of the Allotments Act, 1887; and whether that term includes any, and, if so, what, classes of persons who do not fall under the denomination of labourers as described in the judgment of Lord Ellenborough, and reported in Lowther v. Earl of Radnor, 8 East., p. 113, and of the present Master of the Rolls in Morgan v. London General Omnibus Company 13 Q. B. D., p. 832?


I am advised that a Parish Council can only hire land for allotments for the benefit of persons of the labouring population. I have no authority to define the expression "labouring population;" but I think it may fairly be taken to include persons employed in manual labour and any others who would usually be considered as belonging to the labouring class.


May I ask the right hon. Gentleman to tell us more distinctly what "manual labour" is?


I think the hon. Member is as well able to give, a definition of that as I am.

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