HC Deb 18 December 1919 vol 123 cc717-8W

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Agriculture at what price the 64 acres of land has recently been acquired for ex-Service men, under the Land Settlement Act, at Ten Mile Bank, Hilgay, Norfolk; whether the Board have consented to the scheme for the letting of this land to the ex-Service men at 80s. per acre rent, seeing that the previous tenant paid 50s. an acre; whether the Board is aware that several of the applicants asked for 10, 20, and 30 acres of land and have only been allotted 2 and 3 acres each, and that there are still twenty ex-Service men whose claims have not been met who are unwilling to pay such a high rent; and, if so, what steps will be taken to meet their demands?


I presume my hon. Friend refers to property comprising 65a. 0r. 13p., situate at Hilgay, and proposed to be purchased by the Norfolk County Council for land settlement from Mr. James Ruane. If this is the ease, the purchase price is £3,742, but no scheme has been received from the county council showing the manner in which they propose to sub-divide the land, and the rents which they propose to charge. The Board will make further inquiries as to the unsatisfied demand for land in the locality. The Board have, however, already brought some suitable land in the district to the notice of the council with a view to its acquisition for land settlement.