§ 39. Mr. STANTON
asked the President of the Board of Agriculture if his Department will consider the advisability of fixing a fair rate per acre for all allotments, to discourage the profiteering instincts of some landowners and to stimulate and encourage the production of our national food supplies by the workers of this country?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the BOARD of AGRICULTURE (Sir Richard Winfrey)
The Board have no power to regulate the rents charged for allotments provided by private land owners. No sufficient evidence has been brought to the notice of the Board to lead them to suppose that legislation should besought for the purpose of regulating such rents. As regards allotments provided by local authorities under the Cultivation of Lands Order, the Order provides that the rent payable to the owner shall not exceed the rent previously received by him for the land.
Are there any cases where the charge of land let lay private owners for allotments is three or four times more than that for similar land adjoining?