§ Read 3a (according to Order).
§ Clause 11:
§ Duties of county councils with respect to sale or lease of land.
§ 11.—(1) Land acquired by a county council under the principal Act, shall be sold or let by the council at the best price or sum that can reasonably be obtained, and where sold or let for small holdings be sold or let, except where the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries for any special reason otherwise direct, subject to a reservation of all minerals vested in the council.
§ (2) Where land is sold for small holdings or an option to purchase a small holding is given at any time before the first day of April, nineteen hundred and twenty-six, the sale or option shall only be made or given subject to the approval of the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries.
§ VISCOUNT PEEL moved to leave out from subsection (2) "or an option to purchase a small holding is given." The noble Viscount said: I have some Amendments on Clause 11 which are purely drafting, being necessitated by the Amendments made on a previous stage of the Bill. There is another Amendment to Clause 29 which is merely to bring it into conformity with the provisions of the Housing Act.822
Clause 11, page 6, lines 38 and 39, leave out ("or an option to purchase a small holding is given'').—(Viscount Peel.)
§ On Question, Amendment agreed to.
§ Amendments moved—
§ Clause 11, page 7, lines 1 and 2, leave out ("or option'')
§ Clause 11, page 7, line 2, leave out ("or given")
§ Clause 11, page 7, lines 21 and 22, leave out ("or options for")
§ Clause 11, page 7, line 23, leave out ("or given").—(Viscount Peel.)
§ On Question, Amendments agreed to.
§ Clause 29:
§ Amendment of Settled Land Acts, 1882 to 1890.
29. The powers conferred upon a tenant for life by the Settled Land Acts, 1882 to 1890, shall include the following further power:—
A power at any time, or times, to make a grant or grants of any part or parts of the settled land in fee simple or absolutely, or a lease or leases for any term of years without any consideration, or at a nominal price annuity or rent, or at less than the best price annuity or rent that can reasonably be obtained for the purpose of the Small Holdings and Allotments Acts, 1908 to 1919, and any such grant as aforesaid shall be deemed to be a sale within the meaning of the said Settled Laud Acts: Provided that, except under an order of the court, no more than two acres altogether in any one parish shall be granted or leased under this power for the purpose of the said Small Holdings and Allotments Acts or under the similar power conferred by the Housing, Town Planning, etc., Act, 1919, for the purpose of the erection of dwellings, for the working classes or the provision of gardens to be held in connection therewith or for all of such purposes together without payment of the full-price annuity or rent for any land granted or leased in excess of such quantity.
§ VISCOUNT PEEL moved, in the proviso, to leave out "altogether" and to insert "in the case of land situate in an urban district or ten acres in the case of land situate in a rural district."
Clause 29, page 17, line 26, leave out ("altogether") and insert the said words.—(Viscount Peel.)
§ On Question, Amendment agreed to.823
§ Moved, That the Bill do now pass.—(Viscount Peel.)
§ On Question, Bill passed and returned to the Commons.