HC Deb 29 August 1895 vol 36 cc1128-9
MR. BRYN ROBERTS (Carnarvonshire, Eifion)

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, if he could state to the House what is the total number and acreage of the Crown mountain holdings in Llandwrog, Carnarvonshire, which have been sold to the tenants; what is the total number and acreage of such holdings which have been repurchased for quarrying purposes; what is the total sums for which they were sold and for which they were repurchased; what is the total number and acreage of all such holdings which have been enclosed and reclaimed by the tenants or their predecessors in title; and, what is the total of the rentals which the tenants are now required to pay?


The total number of encroachments sold by the Crown in Carnarvonshire is 300, and the acreage 923a. 2r. 18p.; the number re-purchased by the Crown is eight, and the acreage 10½ acres; these eight encroachments were sold for £31, and re-purchased for £622; the number of holdings which have been encroached by the present occupiers, or their predecessors in occupation, is 308, and the acreage 260a. 1r. 28p.; the rental to 31st March, 1895, was £217 11s. 1d., but some of the encroachers have not yet commenced to pay rent. Such re-purchases by the Crown are only possible in exceptional cases. For the most part, the Crown leaves its quarry lessees to make what arrangements they can with owners of encroachments.