§ MR. DUNCAN (Yorkshire, W.R., Otley)
To ask the hon. Member for North Huntingdonshire, as representing the President of the Board of Agriculture, if the approval of the Land Commissioners has been given, or will be given, to the sale of the Fewston, Yorkshire, Glebe Lands; if Section 1 of Clause 8 of The Glebe Lands Act, 1888, has been complied with; what steps were taken to inquire if the sanitary authority for the district desired a portion to be set apart for the purposes of the Allotments Act; and what evidence was taken to discover if the price for the glebe land would be injuriously affected by its division.
(Answered by Mr. Ailwyn Fellowes.) We were satisfied, after inquiry, that the proposed sale of glebe land would be for the permanent benefit of the benefice of Fewston, and the formal approval of the Board to the sale is therefore about to be given. The requirements of Section 8 (1) of The Glebe Lands Act, 1888, have been satisfied. The Board ascertained by direct inquiry of the sanitary authority that no portion of the land was required for the purposes of the Allotments Acts, and they also ascertained by special inquiry in the parish that there was no demand for the glebe in small parcels by cottagers, labourers, and others.