asked the Minister of Agriculture what are the number of applications made to county agricultural executive committees during the years 1947 and 1948 for certificates to assist farmers to secure possession of cottages; the numbers granted; the numbers of applications made in respect of cottages hitherto regarded as free; and the number of certificates granted.
In 1947, 2,255 applications were made, 1,134 of which were granted. For 1948, the figures were 1,858 and 999, respectively. I assume that by "cottages hitherto regarded as free" my hon. Friend means cottages which, at the time of the application were occupied by persons other than agricultural workers. Separate statistics of this type of case are not available.