Major J. EDWARDS
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture how many ex-service men and others are now actually in occupation of land as a result of the Land Settlement Act?
Sir A. BOSCAWEN
The latest returns show that 4,277 ex-service men and 823 civilians are actually in occupation of holdings provided by councils in England and Wales since 18th December, 1918, when the Land Settlement Scheme may be said to have been inaugurated. In addition, 450 ex-service men and 13 women have been placed on the Ministry's Farm Settlements. In addition, a considerable number of ex-service men have been settled on privately-owned small holdings through the instrumentality of County Councils. It is impossible, however, to give any official estimate of the number.