HC Deb 01 August 1923 vol 167 c1542

The relief to occupiers of agricultural land granted by the principal Act as amended by this Act shall not be taken into account by an arbitrator in determining for the purposes of Section twelve of the Agricultural Holdings Act, 1923, what rent is properly payable in respect of a holding.

Motion made, and Question proposed, "That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment."—(Sir B. Sanders.]


Would the Minister for Agriculture tell us what is the meaning of these altered words? I have not got the text of the original Bill before me, but I think I remember the right hon. Gentleman saying that there might be some alteration in language. I should like to know exactly what it means. My impression is that the new wording rather cuts out some of the words that were in the Bill as they were passed by this House. These words acknowledge the fact that the relief granted under the Bill would have its effect upon the rent. I think the new language perhaps is intended to disguise that and to eliminate words which in the view of the Minister are not properly applicable. Perhaps he will explain exactly the effect of the new language.


The effect of the new words is to carry out what I promised on the Report stage, namely, to make it a little wider in scope, and to make it more favourable to the tenant.


I have compared the wording of the new Clause with the wording of the original Clause 5, which is to be deleted, and I agree that the new wording is an improvement upon the old phraseology

Question, "That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment," put, and agreed to.