§ Mr. H. W. FORSTER
asked the President of the Board of Agriculture how many applications under the Small Holdings Act have been received by the Kent County Council; how many have been approved; how many applicants have been supplied with small holdings; and what is the cause of the delay in the case of those who have not been so supplied?
§ Mr. RUNCIMAN
To the first, second and third parts of the question I have received the following replies from the county council:—
- 1. The number of applicants at the present time on the books of the county council is 115.
- 2. One hundred and six are approved applicants.
- 3. One hundred and fifty-one applicants have been supplied—111 by the county council direct and 40 through the intervention of the council.
With reference to the fourth part of the question, the county council inform me that the delay is attributable generally to the scarcity of suitable land, and in particular to the difficulty of satisfying applicants who require land in their immediate neighbourhood. The Board are in communication with the council on the subject.