HC Deb 15 May 1952 vol 500 cc139-40W
56. Mr. Driberg

asked the Minister of Agriculture if he will investigate the circumstances in which the Essex Agricultural Executive Committee issued an agricultural cottage certificate in respect of a house at 39, Buckwood Road, Braintree, to a person who is neither the owner nor the farmer of the farm for whose proper working the occupation of this urban dwelling-house, three miles from the farm, was said to be necessary.

Sir T. Dugdale

I am already aware of the facts of this case and am satisfied that the certificate was propertly issued. The applicant shares with the owner of the farm the responsibility for the farming of the land, and the Essex Agricultural Executive Committee were satisfied that the work of head cowman, on which he was to be employed, was necessary for the proper working of the holding.

The Committee when considering the issue of a certificate have no power to take into account possible hardship to the sitting tenant, or the fact that the cottage is situated some miles from the farm. It is for the county court to consider all matters bearing on the reasonableness of granting an order for possession.