HC Deb 12 August 1919 vol 119 cc1125-6W

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Agriculture whether he will state the result of his representations to the Epping Forest Commissioners on the subject of the tenure of the allotments on Wanstead Flats; whether the Commissioners have agreed to receive a deputation from the allotment holders and the local authorities to consider the matter; and whether, seeing that other authorities have granted extended tenure of allotments, and in view of the provision which would enable authorities to retain such allotments for two years from the termination of the War, he will take appropriate action with the Epping Forest Commissioners with a view to securing these extensions of tenure?


With reference to the first part of the question I must refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave to the question addressed to me yesterday by the hon. and learned Member for Upton. As regards the latter part of the question the powers which enabled local authorities to retain certain lands for two years after the termination of the War are not applicable to the land at Wanstead Flats, which was already in the possession of the City Corporation before the Defence of the Realm Regulations came into operation.