§ MR. ALPHEUS C. MORTON (Peterborough)
I beg to ask the right hon. Gentleman the President of the Board of Agriculture whether, when allotments of common lands, including allotments to be held "in common," and the roads giving access thereto have been laid down and defined in the deposited public awards, and on the maps accompanying the same, by Commissioners under Inclosure Acts, either non-user of the rights conferred on such allotment holders, or adverse user by encroachment or otherwise, can legally weaken and destroy the effect of such award, or whether such awards made by statutory power conferred by Parliament are valid in all their terms and particulars for all time, unless subsequently modified or altered under the powers of a statutory enactment having equal force with the original award?
§ *THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF AGRICULTURE (Mr. HERBERT GARDNER,) Essex, Saffron Walden
The questions put to me by my hon. Friend are questions of law which I have no authority to determine, and which are by no means free from difficulty. In these circumstances, and inasmuch as I understand that cases have arisen which are likely to become the subject of litigation, I think my hon. Friend will agree with me that it is not desirable that I should express any opinion on the subject.