HC Deb 22 April 1909 vol 3 cc1661-2

asked the hon. Member for South Somerset, as representing the President of the Board of Agriculture, whether he could state the number of applicants under the Small Holdings Act and the number of acres applied for in the parish of Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, and what steps were being taken to supply those applicants with land; and whether he would send down an inspector to make inquiries?

The TREASURER of the HOUSEHOLD (Sir Edward Strachey)

Applications for 116 acres were received from 10 applicants, and two of them were approved. The land required has not, however, been provided, inasmuch as the Council have not as yet been able to acquire suitable land at a price which would enable it to be let at the rental which the applicants are prepared to pay. At present there seems to be no necessity to send down an inspector.