HC Deb 30 November 1937 vol 329 cc1903-4W
Mr. E. J. Williams

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether he is aware that Dunraven Estates, Limited, which acquired Ogmore Common from the Duchy for a nominal sum, have failed to provide lavatory accommodation or amenities for the thousands of people from whom, in parking fees, they are receiving a substantial annual income; and, seeing that this negligence is a breach of the conditions upon which these Crown lands were transferred, what steps he proposes to take to make the conservators administer the common in the public interest?

Earl Winterton

I am not aware that there has been any breach of the conditions upon which the Duchy rights in part of Ogmore Common were transferred to Dunraven Estates, Limited. The company duly fulfilled the only understanding which it had with the Duchy—namely, to apply Section 193 of the Law of Property Act, 1925, to the common and to obtain from the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries an order for regulating and safeguarding the public right of access for air and exercise. I have no control whatever over the policy of the conservators. The provision of lavatory accommodation would appear to be a matter for the local authority.

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