§ MR. BILL (Staffordshire, Leek)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Agriculture whether he will be able in the course of the Session to obtain a Return of the number of new allotments acquired since the last Return, dated 18th July 1890, in accordance with his answer given on 12th April 1894?
§ THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF AGRICULTURE (Mr. H. GARDNER,) Saffron Walden, Essex
I am glad to say that the Treasury have sanctioned the expenditure of a sum of £3,000 in connection with the preparation of a new Return of Agricultural Holdings, including allotments. The Officers of the Inland Revenue will be employed for the purpose of collecting information in their respective districts. It will not be possible for those Officers to complete their work until after the collection of the annual Agricultural Returns in June next, and I cannot therefore undertake that the Return shall be issued in the course of the Session, but we shall, of course, do whatever we can to expedite its publication.