HC Deb 08 March 1911 vol 22 cc1366-8W

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Agriculture if he was aware that Mr. Hirst, of Oulton, near Leeds, the arbitrator appointed by the Board of Agriculture to determine the amount due to a tenant farmer, Mr. Hugh Baldwin, of Wildsden, Yorks, from Mr. Bus-field Ferrand, of St. Ives, Bingley, Yorks, under the Agricultural Holdings Act, 1908, refused to give particulars specifying the amount awarded in respect to any particular matter, the subject of the award, as required by the said Act; if so, whether he will, when appointing arbitrators for the Board in future, decline to employ Mr. Hirst; and if he is aware that for hay in stock, manurial value applied to the farm, fixtures, and improvements for which Mr. Baldwin, the tenant, claimed £600 or thereabouts, the arbitrator only awarded £373, gross, notwithstanding the fact that the tenant offered to produce evidence in support of his claim based on bonâ fide offers to purchase in regard to over 80 per cent. of the materials covered by the award?


The arbitrator has supplied the details which the tenant is entitled to require under Rule 10 of the Second Schedule to the Act. The Board have no power to review Mr. Hirst's award. We have no reason to doubt his fairness and experience and we are not prepared to say that he will not be appointed in future.