HC Deb 23 April 1929 vol 227 cc707-8
32. Mr. HURD

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware that part of the Crown lands on Roundway Downs, near Devizes, has been wired in and that public indignation and breaches of the peace have arisen from the interruption in the enjoyment by the public of this historic open space; and what steps will be taken to safeguard the public interest?


I have gone very carefully into the matters which my hon. Friend has previously brought to my notice in a personal interview, and to which he refers in the question. They involve points of some difficulty and are the subject of litigation pending in the High Court. It would therefore be improper for me to make any statement bearing on the merits of the case. I may say, however, that the Commissioners of Crown Lands are doing everything in their power to bring about an amicable settlement between the parties.