HC Deb 04 May 1916 vol 82 c130

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War if he is aware that although the War Office have been for the last eighteen months in occupation at an agreed rent of land belonging to the Manor Farm, Codford St. Mary, in the county of Wilts, for the purposes of a military camp, no rent has been paid to the tenant since Lady Day, 1915, nor the agreed amount of compensation for the loss of crops due to such occupation in the autumn of 1914; and whether, in justice to the tenant, the settlement of these outstanding obligations can be accelerated?


The Department has been in occupation of land on this farm since Michaelmas, 1914, for the purpose of a rifle range, and an agreement for rent and part compensation was drafted in April, 1915, but never completed. The case came before the Defence of the Realm Losses Royal Commission last January and was adjourned for a further report, and is now set down for final determination next week.