HC Deb 01 November 1909 vol 12 c1559

For the definition of cottage in Section fifty-three of the principal Act the following definition shall be substituted:—

The expression "cottage" in this Part of this Act may include a garden of not more than one acre.

Lords Amendment: Add at the end of the Clause: "Provided that the estimated annual value of such garden shall not exceed three pounds."

Mr. BURNS moved, "That this House doth disagree with the Lords in the said Amendment."

In the Grand Committee I thought it was practically unanimously agreed that a garden attached to a cottage or a house should be raised from half an acre to an acre, and that we should strike out the £3 annual value on the ground that it was rather an absurd limit and ought not to be insisted upon. It seems to be equally absurd that if you increase the area of the garden to one acre you should retain the old value for the garden and yet keep the same low limit of valuation. We think the request of the Lords is unreasonable and inapplicable.