HC Deb 25 June 1942 vol 380 cc2150-1
47. Mr. Parker

asked the Minister of Agriculture how the rents payable to landlords on the dispossession of existing tenants owing to bad farming practice are finally determined in the event of a dispute with the landlord?

The Minister of Agriculture (Mr. R. S. Hudson)

Where the tenant is dispossessed by a county war agricultural executive committee for bad farming, the landlord is usually given an opportunity of finding a suitable tenant, subject to the approval of the committee. In such case the rent payable by the new tenant is a matter for voluntary arrangement between the parties and consequently no statutory machinery exists for settling the amount of rent in such cases. Where the committee consider it advisable to take possession of the land in addition to terminating the tenancy, the compensation payable to the landlord in the nature of rent is laid down in Section 2 of the Compensation (Defence) Act, 1939. In the event of a dispute, the landlord is normally given an opportunity of agreeing to the matter being settled by reference to an arbitrator or, alternatively, the matter is determined by the General Tribunal set up under the Act.