§ MR. JESSE COLLINGS (Birmingham, Bordesley)
asked the Vice President of the Committee of Council on Education, Whether the Charity Commissioners directed the Trustees of Hill's Charity, Collompton, to carry out the provisions of "The Allotments Act, 1882;" whether the Trustees, in disregard of such instructions, and in direct violation of the Act, have let the lands of the Charity on lease, thereby depriving the labourers of their legal right to allotments conferred upon them by the Act; and, whether the Charity 694 Commissioners will take steps to cancel the lease, or, failing their power to do that, will call upon the Trustees to hire other land for the purpose of allotments, in accordance with section 5 of the Act of 1882?
§ THE VICE PRESIDENT (Sir WILLIAM HART DYKE) (Kent, Dartford)
In May, 1884, the Charity Commissioners directed the Trustees of Hill's Charity to carry out the provisions of the Allotments Extension Act, 1882. The Commissioners are informed that the Trustees, in disregard of such instructions, have let the whole of the Charity land on lease for a term of six years from Michaelmas, 1885. Notwithstanding this, the Commissioners are taking, and will continue to take, all steps in their power to compel the Trustees to set apart and to let the Charity land in allotments under the Act.