HC Deb 15 February 1940 vol 357 cc955-6
56. Mr. Ede

asked the Minister of Agriculture what steps are taken to ensure that every proposal for the enclosure of common land which requires his approval under Section 194 of the Law of Property Act, 1925, is submitted to him, and his approval obtained, before the enclosure is made?

Mr. Ramsbotham

My right hon. Friend is not in a position to be aware of any proposed enclosure of common land to which the Section referred to by the hon. Member would apply unless and until he receives an application for his consent. As the hon. Member is no doubt aware the erection of any building or fence, or the construction of any other work, whereby access to land to which the Section applies is prevented or impeded, is not lawful unless my right hon. Friend's consent is obtained, and appropriate legal remedies, where his consent is not obtained, are provided by the Section in question.

Mr. Ede

Will the right hon. Gentleman bring to the attention of his right hon. Friend the fact that no application was made last year, while in each of the preceding years a substantial number of applications was made; and that he should consider some means whereby we can keep a check on unauthorised encroachments?

Mr. Ramsbotham

I will draw my right hon. Friend's attention to the hon. Member's Question.

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