§ 77. Mr. WATERSON
asked the President of the Local Government Board if he is aware of the fact that ironstone firms, after disturbing the land to get the required mineral, are leaving the land in an unfit condition either for agricultural purposes or safe for cattle to graze upon; and whether he intends to draft a Bill compelling these owners to put into a proper state the land that they have disturbed?
Sir A. BOSCAWEN
The Northants Agricultural Executive Committee have called the attention of the Board to certain cases in which land had been rendered unfit for cultivation by ironstone workings. The area affected is not considerable, but the Board are making further inquiries as to whether the restoration of the land to cultivation can be ensured without the exercise of special powers requiring legislation.