HC Deb 07 April 1919 vol 114 cc1656-7
55. Mr. CORY

asked the Lord Privy Seal whether he is aware that the Acquisition of Land (Assessment of Compensation) Bill, as printed, applies only to England, Scotland, and Ireland; whether its provisions are not intended to apply to the Principality of Wales or whether the expression "England" has to be taken to include Wales, and, if the latter, whether he is aware that the constant use of "England" as embracing Wales gives offence to the residents of the Principality, who, to a far greater extent even than Irishmen and Scotsmen, have preserved their national characteristics and their language?


The answer to the first two parts of the question is that the Act is to apply to the whole of the United Kingdom. In reply to the last part of the question, the language of the Bill follows almost verbatim the wording of the Finance Bill, 1909–10, of my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister, who is not ignorant of the feelings of Welshmen.