HC Deb 23 November 1911 vol 31 c1379

asked whether the applications for small holdings this year have been so numerous that the original Commissioners could not have dealt with them; if so, whether they have increased to the extent of being quadrupled; and, if they have not increased to that extent, what additional employment has been found for the new Commissioners?


I have as yet no complete information as to the number of applications received this year. The duties of the Small Holdings Commissioners are to advise and assist the county councils and the Board in the administration of the Act generally. All of them have been fully occupied since they were appointed.


May I ask whether it is not one of the duties of these Commissioners to give people information which may lead them to apply for small holdings, and so increase the number of applications?


Yes. They have been giving information quite freely all Over the country, wherever there seems to be any reason for it.