HC Deb 30 March 1950 vol 473 c564
48. Mr. Crouch

asked the Minister of Agriculture what is the number of applicants since 1945 for county council smallholdings in Dorset up to the last day available; how many have been satisfied; how many are still on the waiting list; and how many of these are ex-Service men.

Mr. T. Williams

One hundred and sixty-seven applications were received by the Dorset County Council between 1st October, 1945, and 30th September, 1949. During that period 27 applicants were settled on smallholdings falling vacant, and at the end of the period, after allowing for withdrawals, 94 applicants remained on the waiting list. Fifty-one of these are ex-Service men.

Mr. Crouch

Will the right hon. Gentleman say what steps he proposes to take to reduce this long waiting list?

Mr. Williams

All smallholding authorities have been acquainted with the fact that Part N of the 1947 Act came into operation on 1st October last year.

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