§ 18. Colonel DAY
asked the Minister of Agriculture whether his notice has been drawn to the proposed erection of a greyhound racing track in the East End of London on the garden allotments situate on this site; and whether he will state if any negotiations are pending for the purpose of paying compensation to the holders of these garden allotments?
§ The MINISTER of AGRICULTURE (Mr. Guinness)
My attention has been drawn to the proposal to which the hon. Member refers. As the allotments in question are let direct by the owner of the land to the allotment holders, neither the Ministry nor the local allotments authority is in any way concerned in the proposal, and, while I believe the question of compensation is being discussed, I have no definite information on the subject.
§ Mr. GUINNESS
As the hon. Member is aware, compensation is payable under certain conditions during certain seasons, but I am afraid that we have no power to interfere. I understand, however, that negotiations are going on, and I hope that the allotment holders will be treated generously.