§ MR. BOULTON
I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board if he will, at the earliest opportunity, bring in a Bill for the purpose of amending the existing law of allotments by extending the compulsory power of purchase.
§ MR. JOHN BURNS
Local authorities can already purchase land compulsorily for allotment purposes. I presume, however, that my hon. friend desires that the law should be amended so as to confer on urban district councils in all cases the power which a parish council possess of hiring land compulsorily for allotment purposes. As he is aware, an urban district council can now obtain this power on application to the Local Government Board. I will take note of his suggestion, but I cannot 1722 promise to introduce a Bill on the subject.