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Small Holdings, Glamorganshire And Monmouthshire

Volume 237: debated on Monday 24 March 1930

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asked the Minister of Agriculture the number of small holdings leased or purchased from the county councils of Glamorgan and Monmouth to the latest available date; the average size of the holdings; and the total number of failures in each of these two counties?

On 31st December, 1929, the Glamorgan County Council had 214 tenants of small holdings on a total area of 6,098 acres, giving an average of 28½ acres per holding. Up to that date the council had sold one holding of 12 acres. On the same date the Monmouth County Council had 185 tenants on a total area of 5,637 acres, or an average of 30½ acres per holding. The council had sold six holdings with a total area of 228 acres. Since 1908 there have been 48 failures in Glamorgan and 26 in Monmouth, but my hon. Friend will realise that these figures are not comparable with the number of present tenants as the total number of smallholders who have held land under the councils during the past 22 years is considerably larger than the number of existing tenants.