HC Deb 26 April 1909 vol 4 c27

asked the hon. Member for South Somerset, as representing the President of the Board of Agriculture, whether the inspectors appointed under the Small Holdings and Allotments Act, who were formerly inspectors under the Diseases of Animals Acts, had any practical experience of agriculture, estate management, or land valuation; and, if not, whether the Board will take steps to ensure that inspectors appointed in the future shall possess such experience?

The TREASURER of the HOUSEHOLD: (Sir E. Strachey)

All the inspectors in question have had practical training.


Will the hon. Member state what steps the Board have taken to ascertain what qualifications these gentlemen have? May I press for an answer?


Order, order. The hon. Member must put the question down.


asked the hon. Member for South Somerset whether he will consider the advisability of appointing a sub-commissioner for Suffolk to assist in the developing of the Small Holdings Act, as, up to the present, only 569 acres have been allotted for the whole county, only 54 acres being through the West Suffolk County Council?


Yes, Sir, we shall at once appoint a Special Commissioner for Suffolk so soon as it is apparent that the provision of small holdings in that county would be expedited thereby. The county council have recently submitted schemes to the Board for the further acquisition of 295 acres.