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Land Tribunals (Procedure)

Volume 531: debated on Thursday 29 July 1954

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asked the Minister of Agriculture if his attention has been called to the criticisms made by Mr. Justice Stable of the way in which two men were appointed to a land tribunal at Chelmsford, which agreed in one day to the dispossession of 19 owners and occupiers, particulars of which have been sent to him; what action he intends to take; and if he will make a statement.

I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply I gave to the hon. and gallant Member for Brixton (Lieut.-Colonel Lipton) on 26th July.

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asked the Minister of Agriculture (1) if it is his intention to lodge an appeal against the judgment given in the Woollett case of dispossession;(2) when he proposes to derequisition Mrs. Woollett's land.

As my hon. Friend will have seen from the reply given to the hon. and gallant Member for Brixton (Lieut.-Colonel Lipton) on 26th July, the question of an appeal is under consideration. Pending a decision on this and the outcome of an appeal if one is made no further action is being taken affecting Mrs. Woollett's land.

asked the Minister of Agriculture if his attention has been drawn to the observations of the honourable Mr. Justice Stable in the case of Woollett versus Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries respecting the irregular method of appointment of members of the Agricultural Lands Tribunal; and what remedial action he proposes to take.

I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply I gave to the hon. and gallant Member for Brixton (Lieut.-Colonel Lipton) on 26th July.