§ SIR WALTER FOSTER (Derbyshire, Ilkeston)
To ask the President of the Local Government Board whether he is aware that the Allotments Act, 1887, empowers local authorities to acquire land for allotments within or without their district; whether the Local Government Board have required the Docking Rural Council to give the St. Edmunds allotments holders notice to quit at Michaelmas, on the ground that the Board cannot allow the Docking Council to control allotments out of their district; and, if so, what reasons have induced the Local Government Board to take this action.
(Answered by Mr. John Burns.) I am aware of the power conferred by The Allotments Act, 1887. In the presentcase the allotments appear to have been provided by the rural authority for a parish, part of which was afterwards formed into an urban district. The allotments are stated to have been situate in the urban area, but I am informed that the urban district council 946 are not inclined to take them over. The rural district council seem to be within their powers in giving notice to the allotment holders, but they have not been required by the Local Government Board to do so.