Communities and Local Government
Caroline Spelman (Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Communities and Local Government; Meriden, Conservative)
Iain Wright (Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Communities and Local Government; Hartlepool, Labour)
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.