§ 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—
- (a) to let or manage the land or improve the same by the erection of buildings or otherwise;
- (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;
- (c) subject to compliance with any conditions prescribed by the Treasury, or with the consent of the Treasury, to sell or exchange the land.
§ Mr. ACLAND: I beg to move, at the end of the Clause, 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."
§ This Amendment is designed to meet, so far as possible, the point raised by the right hon. Gentleman the Member for the Bordesley Division (Mr. Jesse Collings).
§ Major WEDGWOOD
On a point of Order, Mr. Maclean. I handed in an Amendment this afternoon to leave out paragraph (b). It seems to me that the right hon. Gentleman is now dealing with an Amendment to paragraph (c). I put it to you that my Amendment should be taken first?
§ Major WEDGWOOD
You will realise that I have not had a chance of seeing this Bill before to-day. I handed in the Amendment to the Clerks at the Table before seven p.m. I suppose it will have been sent to the printers to be printed for to-morrow. But it is wanted to-day. I am not responsible for the arrangements at the Table.
§ Major WEDGWOOD: I beg to move to leave out paragraph (b).
§ This is an expenditure of capital money. We all know that the enfranchisement of copyhold land costs a good deal of money—
§ It being Eleven o'clock, the Chairman left the Chair to make his Report to the House.
§ Committee report Progress; to sit again To-morrow.