HC Deb 14 August 1916 vol 85 cc1465-6

The Board shall, in relation to any land acquired by them under this Act or under Part I. of the Development and Road Improvement Funds Act, 1909, whether acquired before or after the passing of this Act, have power—

  1. (a) to let or manage the land or improve the same by the erection of buildings or otherwise;
  2. (b) to enfranchise the land, and to purchase or redeem any land tax, quit rent, chief rent, tithe rent-charge, or other rent-charge or any perpetual sum issuing out of the land;
  3. (c) subject to compliance with any conditions prescribed by regulations made by the Treasury, or with the consent of the Treasury, to sell or exchange the land.


I beg to move, at the end of paragraph (c), to add the words "and so that the purchase money on the sale of a small holding to a person willing himself to cultivate the holding may be made payable in periodical instalments or otherwise as the Treasury may direct.

(2) Where a small holding is sold by the Board under this Act the provisions of Section twelve of the Small Holdings and Allotments Act, 1908, relating to a small holding sold by a county council under that Act shall apply as if herein re-enacted with the necessary adaptations."

The Amendment is in two parts. The first is put down in order, if possible, to meet a point that was made on Second Reading by the right hon. Gentleman the Member for the Bordesley Division (Mr. J. Collings), so as to make it clear that there are the two options in the method of sale to the small holder. I made that clear in the Clause, but this makes it clearer. The second part of the Amndment is to make the conditions of sale under this Bill the same as the provisions of sale under the Small Holdings and Allotments Act. That also was raised on Second Reading, and it is made clearer by inserting it here.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.