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Crown Lands (Houses)

Volume 440: debated on Thursday 17 July 1947

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asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware of the bad condition of cottages at Lilley, Hertfordshire, which are under the control of the Commissioners of Crown Lands; and what action he proposes to take in the matter.

There are 59 cottages at Lilley which were included in the purchase by the Commissioners of Crown Lands of the Estate in 1932, and the Commissioners are aware that the majority are old and small and do not come up to modern housing standards. The future of these cottages will have to be considered in due course. In the meantime, it is not possible to undertake any large scale programme of reconditioning without diverting labour and materials from the erection of new houses; but such steps as are possible are taken to keep the cottages weather-proof and in reasonable condition for occupation.