§ MR. ELLIS DAVIES (Carnarvonshire, Eifion)
To ask the hon. Member for South Somerset, as representing the President of the Board of Agriculture, whether, in view of the fact that county councils, when purchasing land under the Small Holdings Act, have no means of obtaining money for the repayment of the purchase money except by charging the small holder with, payment yearly of part of the principal as well as interest, he will make representations to the Local Government Board with a view to the loans to the county councils being made permanent and not temporary, as in the case of industrial undertakings, and so avoid the necessity for the county councils to compel the small holder to buy property for the councils.
(Answered by Sir Edward Strachey.) I will bring the suggestion of my hon. friend to the notice of my right hon. friend the President of the Local Government Board.