HC Deb 19 November 1908 vol 196 c1409

I beg to ask the hon. Member for South Somerset, as representing the President of the Board of Agriculture, if he is aware that the Shropshire County Council have decided to hire certain land on lease for the purpose of small holdings and to borrow and spend £500 for providing buildings, dairies, etc.; if he will state in what number of years the loan must be repaid; if the interest on such loan and the sinking fund for the repayment thereof are included in the rent to be paid by the small holders; and to whom the buildings will belong when the land reverts to the owner.


The Shropshire County Council have agreed to rent 160 acres for thirty five years and propose to spend £350 on alteration of existing buildings. The term of the loan will be fixed by the Local Government Board, but no doubt they will have regard to the life of the improvement. The rent must be fixed to cover all expenses. The buildings will belong to the owner when the land reverts to him.