HC Deb 12 November 1908 vol 196 c512

To ask the hon. Member for South Somerset, as representing the President of the Board of Agriculture, if he is aware that the Crockham Hill dairy farm has been advertised for sale at £50 an acre, though the owners now ask the Kent County Council £60 an acre for the land, and that the adjoining land has been recently sold at £14 an acre; whether he is aware that the agent for the county council also acts for the owners of Crockham Hill dairy farm, and has advised the latter to raise the price; and whether he will state what further action it is proposed to take in the matter.

(Answered by Sir Edward Strachey.) The facts are substantially as stated. As I have already said, in answer to a previous Question, the county council are negotiating for the acquisition of the farm, and the Board have advised them to acquire it compulsorily if they are unable to do so by agreement on reasonable terms.