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Common Land (Enclosure)

Volume 237: debated on Monday 24 March 1930

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66.

asked the Minister of Agriculture how many applications he has received during 1930 under the Law of Property Act, 1925, for the enclosure of common land; the acreage sought to be enclosed; the number of applications granted, refused and pending, respectively; and has he granted any application without being satisfied that an area equivalent to that enclosed is added to the common?

The number of applications received during 1930 under Section 194 of the Law of Property Act, 1925, for the Ministry's sanction to the inclosure of common lands has been five, affecting altogether 1,627 square yaards of land. One of these applications has been granted, the remaining four being still under consideration. The application which was granted affected only 100 square feet of land, and in all the circumstances of the case it was not considered necessary to require that an area, equivalent to the area enclosed, should be added to the common.

67.

asked the Minister of Agriculture the number of commons in respect of which deeds giving the public right of air and exercise have been executed during 1930; the acreage of such commons; and the total number of commons and their acreage in England and Wales in respect of which deeds have been executed since the passing of the Law of Property Act, 1925?

The number of deeds of declaration executed and deposited during 1930 with the Ministry, in accordance with Sub-section 2 of Section 193 of the Law of Property Act, 1925, giving the public right of access to commons or manorial wastes for air and exercise is three, the total area affected being approximately 3,722 acres. The total number of such deeds deposited with the Ministry since the Act came into operation is 33, affecting an area of 13,189 acres.

Is the right hon. Gentleman's Department taking into consideration the effect of these deeds on Clause 14 (1, a) of the Road Traffic Bill now before Committee upstairs?

Perhaps my hon. Friend will put down a separate question. This only refers to facts.