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Agricultural Tribunal, Sussex (Appeal)

Volume 446: debated on Tuesday 27 January 1948

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asked the Minister of Agriculture if he is aware that one of the members of the agricultural tribunal appointed by him, held on 12th and 13th December, 1946, to hear the appeal of Mr. Eric House of Great Strudgate Farm, West Hoathly, Sussex, was a member of a Sussex Agricultural Committee appointed by him, while Mr. House was appealing against dispossession by the East Sussex Agricultural Committee, appointed by him, and as it is contrary to justice that a person interested should adjudicate in a case in which, owing to his official position he has a direct or indirect interest, he will direct that the pro- ceedings be declared null and void and that Mr. House be reinstated, compensated and granted a fresh hearing.

No member of the tribunal was a member of the agricultural executive committee or any of its sub or district committees. The second part of the Question does not therefore arise.