HC Deb 25 February 1904 vol 130 cc969-70
MR. KEIR HARDIE (Merthyr Tydfil)

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether he is aware that Crown lands belonging to the Duchy of Lancaster, in Yorkshire, are being sold as freehold building sites; and, if so, whether steps will be taken to prevent this perpetual alienation of land now in possession of the Crown.

(Answered by Sir William Walrond.) The Chancellor and Council of the Duchy have occasionally sanctioned the sale of plots of land for building, in districts in which houses are much required, but in which there is a strong disinclination to take building leases. There seems to be no reason why the Chancellor and Council should not pursue the same course in the future.