HC Deb 23 July 1913 vol 55 cc2032-3
26. Mr. KING

asked the President of the Board of Agriculture whether he is aware of proposals made in 1885 by the right hon. Member for West Birmingham for the restitution to the public of all common land and public rights illegally enclosed or encroached on during the preceding fifty years, or the payment of a compensation if such land or rights remained in private hands; and whether he will appoint a departmental inquiry to consider and report upon this policy?

The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of AGRICULTURE (Mr. Runciman)

The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative, and, as to the second part, I must refer my hon. Friend to the answer given to him by the Prime Minister on Thursday last.