HC Deb 05 November 1908 vol 195 c1381

To ask the hon. Member for South Somerset, as representing the President of the Board of Agriculture, whether he has received a Memorandum from Mr. A. Bird, Secretary of the Westerham Land Club, with respect to applications made to the Kent County Council by members of that club for small holdings under the Small Holdings and Allotments Act; whether he is aware that these applicants were offered land on the chalk hill above Westerham, without water or cottages and quite unsuitable for small holdings, at a rent of 35s. per acre, although there was other land both suitable and available in the parish, and that after the applicants had declined the offer of unsuitable land they were given to understand that their applications would be indefinitely postponed; and whether the Commissioners will make full inquiries into the matter.

(Answered by Sir Edward Strachey.) The Memorandum to which my hon. friend refers has been received, and full inquiry is being made into the matter.