§ SIR JOHN BRUNNER (Cheshire, Northwich)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Agriculture whether the Board have given their consent to the permanent inclosure of a portion of Doncaster Town Moor for purposes in connection with horse racing; if such consent has been given, whether, having regard to the provisions of Section 3 of the Law of Commons Amendment Act 1309 1893, it was preceded by a local inquiry; and could he state what are the benefits to the neighbourhood anticipated which rendered such inclosure expedient?
Yes, Sir : I have authorised the Corporation of Doncaster to enclose about an acre of the Town Moor, which covers 201 acres, for the purpose of erecting certain additional permanent stands. The intention of the Corporation to apply for such authority was advertised in three successive issues of the Doncaster newspapers, but inasmuch as I only received a single letter dissenting from the proposal it did not appear to me that any local inquiry was necessary. The proposal of the Corporation seemed to me to be well calculated to promote the health, comfort, and convenience of the inhabitants of the populous places in the neighbourhood of the Town Moor, which is the consideration to which I am bound to have regard in dealing with applications of the kind.