MR. NEWDIGATE (Warwickshire, Nuneaton)
I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board whether he is aware that the lord of the manor of Ryton-on-Dunsmore, near Rugby, has recently leased the parish pound, although the parishioners have for upwards of 50 years possessed the right of using that pound without the payment of rent, and during that period the fences of the pound have been kept in order at the expense of the parish; whether, so long a period having elapsed during which the parishioners have enjoyed the use of the pound without payment of rent, it has now become the possession of the parish; and whether, in the event of this not being the case, the lord of the manor is acting within his rights in letting the pound?
§ THE PRESIDENT OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOARD (Mr. H. CHAPLIN,) Lincolnshire, Sleaford
I have received a communication, from which it appears that the lord of the manor claims the freehold of the sits in question, and the right to let it, engaging always to provide a proper place for strayed cattle, etc. I have no jurisdiction to determine the question as to the rights of the lord of the manor in the case.