HC Deb 11 February 1908 vol 183 cc1506-9
MR. CORRIE GRANT (Warwickshire, Rugby)

To ask the hon. Member for South Somerset, as representing the President of the Board of Agriculture whether he can state the number of acres of land for small holdings applied for in each county of England and Wales under the Small Holdings Act of last year, the number of applicants, and generally how the Act is working.

(Answered by Sir Edward Strachey.) Our information as to the applications made to county councils for small holdings under the Act of last session is by no means complete, but the following statement shows that in twenty-seven counties in England over 4,700 persons have applied for nearly 87,000 acres—

county. Number of Acres applied for. Number of Applicants.
Bucks 5,353 253
Cambridge 4,631 641
Chester 867 39
Cumberland 17
Derby 610 24
Devon 1,853 98
Dorset 2,300
Durham 2,742 161
Gloucester 3,722 182
Hereford 2,951 131
Herts 1,500
Hunts 6,000 430
Isle of Ely 2,000 300
Isle of Wight 853 44
Lancaster 1,250 95
Lincoln (Parts of Holland) 7,276 346
Lincoln (Parts of Kesteven) 2,368 159
Lincoln (Parts of Lindsey) 2,007 75
Norfolk 5,000
Oxford 10,235 518
Rutland 1,200 58
Somerset 8,300 600
Suffolk, East 842 40
Suffolk West 725 33
Wilts 6,000
Worcester 5,923 438
Yorks (West Riding) 465 18
Totals 86,973 4,700

So far as the Board are as yet able to judge the statutory committees are in almost every case carrying out their duties with energy and despatch, and landowners in all parts of the country appear ready to assist in the matter. We have every reason to be satisfied up to the present with the way in which the Act is working.