§ 39. Lieut.-Colonel HENEAGE
asked the Minister of Agriculture if he intends to introduce legislation to increase the number of small holdings?
§ Lieut.-Colonel HENEAGE
Are we to take it that the right hon. Gentleman has no intention of introducing legislation on these lines before Christmas?
§ 66. Mr. TOM SMITH
asked the Minister of Agriculture the number of applications for small holdings made to the county councils under the Small Holdings Act, 1926; the number approved; the total acreage applied for; and what steps are being taken to satisfy the requirements of the applicants?
§ Mr. N. BUXTON
As the reply is rather long, I propose, with my hon. Friend's permission, Jo circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.
§ Following is the reply:
§ On 15th December, 1926, the date of the passing of the Small Holdings and Allotments Act, 1926, there were 5,565 applicants for holdings on the waiting lists of councils in England and Wales. Between that date and the 31st December, 1928, 6,036 additional applications were received, making a total of 11,601 applicants who required about 210,000 acres of land. These applications had been dealt with as follows up to the 31st December, 1928:
|Approved and provided with holdings||2,274|
|Approved but still awaiting holdings||2,320|
|Rejected as unsuitable or withdrawn from the lists||3,782|
|Awaiting interview or standing over||3,225|
§ Councils are able to settle considerable numbers of applicants on the occurrence of vacancies on their existing estates, which comprise about 28,000 holdings. In addition, schemes for the acquisition of additional land have already been approved under the Act providing for over 300 new holdings. The present agricultural situation does not encourage rapid progress, but proposals for the acquisition of further land continue to be received.