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Agriculture

Volume 236: debated on Monday 17 March 1930

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Grain Imports

44.

asked the Minister of Agriculture when the departmental investigation into the scheme for setting up a grain imports board in this country is likely to be completed; and whether it is the intention of His Majesty's Government to make no announcement of their agricultural policy until this investigation is at an end?

Land let in small holdings by Local Authorities under the Small Holdings Acts.
I.—County Councils.
County.Area on the 18th December, 1918.Area on the 31st December, 1929.Area newly acquired during year ended 31st December, 1929.
ENGLAND:Acres.Acres.Acres.
Bedfordshire5,72713,2474
Berkshire3,0564,80910
Bucks4,58411,03971
Cambs.9,72918,8397
Cheshire4,67310,129228
Cornwall2,88311,749373
Cumberland6751,363
Derby1,1383,014
Devon8,61515,945166
Dorset3,56710,635221
Durham2,4504,033
Essex3,1597,13996
Gloucester3,56014,051
Hants1,8584,6831

The scheme referred to by the hon. Member is, as he will appreciate, one of great complexity, and while I can assure him that the necessary inquiries are taking place with all reasonable expedition, I cannot at present forecast the date of their completion. In reply to the last part of the question, I would beg to refer the hon. Member to the answer which I gave to the hon. Member for Eye (Mr. Granville) on 16th December.

Small Holdings

54.

asked the Minister of Agriculture how much land has been let to smallholders by each county council and county borough council, respectively, under the Land Settlement Acts since 1920 to the present date, and for the 12 months ended 1st January, 1930?

As a long statistical statement is necessarly involved, I propose, with the hon. Member's consent, to circulate the answer in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the reply:

It is presumed that the hon. Member desires information as to the action taken by local authorities in regard to small holdings since the Land Settlement (Facilities) Act of 1919. This Act gave legislative sanction and effect to the land settlement scheme for ex-service men which was started on the 18th December, 1918, and this date has been taken for the purpose of the following statement.

County.Area on the 18th December, 1918.Area on the 31st December, 1929.Area newly acquired during year ended 31st December, 1929.
ENGLAND—continued.Acres.Acres.Acres.
Hereford1,7524,77626
Hertford2,9006,4603
Hunts4,56411,102
Isle of Ely6,19413,986
Isle of Wight8511,353
Kent2,0505,76920
Lancashire2384,405
Leicester3,5528,106
Lines (Holland)8,72913,08314
Lines. (Kestevon.)4,3516,458267
Lines. (Lindsey)4,4028,506
Middlesex2191,133
Norfolk12,54327,863503
Northampton2,3834,441
Northumberland2,9134,837
Notts9434,287
Oxford2,2366,794
Rutland531774
Salop2,0726,234254
Soke of Peterborough5793,641
Somerset8,80721,42840
Staffs3,2387,2013
Suffolk, East1,2434,233145
Suffolk, West2,5587,617
Surrey1,4712,509½
Sussex, East3662,333
Sussex, West1702,041
Warwick1,8235,457214
Westmorland59202
Wilts5,72715,847
Worcester2,3815,302247
Yorks., East Riding4,4897,992382
Yorks., North Riding1,1793,154
Yorks., West Riding4,96113,409361
TOTAL—English Counties158,148373,4083,663¾
WALES.
Anglesey2,2206,262
Brecon5041,169
Caernarvon2,2803,031
Cardigan3,1643,303
Carmarthen1,1514,0244
Denbighshire3,0145,823
Flint9693,577
Glamorgan3,3156,098147
Merioneth2,4873,939
Monmouth2,6055,63734
Montgomery2,7367,633164
Pembroke1,6575,417278
Radnor3382,640
TOTAL—WELSH COUNTIES26,44058,553627
TOTAL—ENGLAND AND WALES (Counties)184,588431,9614,290¾

II.—County Borough, Councils.
County Boroughs.Area on the 18th December, 1918.Area on the 31st December, 1929.Area newly acquired during year ended 31st December, 1929.
ENGLAND.Acres.Acres.Acres.
Barrow-in-Furness5656
Birkenhead52
Birmingham3,344
Blackburn9898
Bolton99
Brighton186186
Bristol108179
Burnley105203
Chester6161
Coventry128354
Eastbourne67
Hastings50
Hull172
Leicester7879
Manchester59
Newcastle-on-Tyne8888
Northampton319626
Oxford223
Southport113
Stockport21
Stoke199
Tynemouth239
Wallasey98
Walsall53
Wolverhampton143
York3
TOTAL—English County Boroughs1,4666,626
WALES.
Cardiff466465
Newport249248
Swansea19
TOTAL—Welsh County Boroughs715732
TOTAL—County Boroughs2,1817,868
GRAND TOTAL—ENGLAND AND WALES.186,769439,3194,290¾

NOTE.—The Table does not include any holding sold by Councils. The figures in Column 4 are included in Column 3. Some land held and let on 18th December, 1918, or acquired between that date and the 31st December, 1929, has been given up

56.

asked the Minister of Agriculture how many applications were received by his Department during 1929 from county councils to purchase or rent land for small holdings; how many were granted; the acreage granted and refused; and the number of persons who will be settled on the land obtained?

The number of applications received from county councils during 1929 was 51 relating to a total area of 4,859 acres. Of these 50 were approved and one covering 238 acres was refused. Fourteen of these schemes did not mature. The remaining 36 schemes cover a total area of 4,076 acres, of which 630 acres were previously held on lease. The 3,446 acres of additional land actually acquired will provide for 109 new holdings and the enlargement of some existing holdings.