HC Deb 08 April 1925 vol 182 cc2231-3

I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to amend Section eighteen of the Land Settlement (Scotland) Act, 1919. I can explain in a few sentences the purpose of this short Bill. It is a Bill to assist allotment holders, and it is supported by Members of all parties and does not, I think, introduce any contro- versial issue of any kind. Under the Scottish Act of 1919, there was a sum of £4,000 a year made available for the provision of allotments. The Secretary for Scotland is advised by his legal advisers that the words "assist the provision of allotments" do not cover assisting the purchase of land or the rent charges of the allotments, and this Bill simply makes it perfectly clear that the words do mean what many people, though not all, thought that they probable that a that the sum can be made Ministers to wards the purchase of the land or the rent charges of the land. It is supported by all those interested in allotments in both countries, and it also has the support of the Edinburgh City Council. I am not sure about the Glasgow City Council, but I think it has their support. In these circumstances, I hope that the Bill will have an easy passage through the House.

Bill ordered to be brought in by Captain Wedgwood Benn, Mr. MacIntyre, Mr. Couper, Dr. Shiels, Mr. William Graham, Mr. Rosalyn Mitchell, Mr. Murnin, Mr. Livingstone, and Sir Godfrey Collins.