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Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what requirements there are upon local authorities to provide allotments for the use of local residents. (252560)

Under the Smallholdings and Allotments Act 1908, there is a duty on local authorities (except for inner London boroughs) to provide allotments where there is demand for them in their area. If a local authority is of the opinion that there is such a demand, they are required to provide a sufficient number of allotments for letting to persons residing in the area who want them.

Where representations have been received by any six registered parliamentary electors or persons liable to pay council tax, it is the duty of local authorities to take those representations into consideration when assessing demand.