HC Deb 19 November 1919 vol 121 c944W

asked the Minister of Health if he is aware of the strong feeling against the proposals of the City of London Corporation and the London County Council to compulsorily acquire about 3,000 acres of land in the urban and rural districts of Ilford, Barking, and Romford for housing, which land is very highly cultivated and sends into London annually an average of 30,000 tons of foodstuffs; and if he will hold a public inquiry before sanctioning such proposals?


The importance of the food production question in connection with acquisition of land for housing purposes in the Barking district has not been overlooked, and I am in communication with my right hon. Friend the President OF the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries, upon the proposals. I hope it may not prove to be necessary to hold a formal public inquiry.