HC Deb 27 April 1896 vol 39 cc1713-4
MR. LAURENCE HARDY (Kent, Ashford)

I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board, whether his attention has been called to the great devastation caused by storms and other natural causes to the sea walls along the southern coast, especially in Romney Marsh, during recent years; whether he is aware that nearly the whole cost of keeping up these sea walls falls upon the agricultural land in certain areas of comparatively limited extent; whether he is aware that tracts of the richest land in the Kingdom are being driven out of cultivation by the incidence of this exceptional burden; and whether he can see his way to include in the Agricultural Land Rating Bill a provision to extend relief to this particular case?


I cannot hold out any expectation that this is a matter which can be dealt with by the Agricultural Rates Bill.