Land Settlement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Ex-Service Men. – in the House of Commons on 27th February 1922.

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Photo of Mr William Royce Mr William Royce , Holland with Boston

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asked the Minister of Agriculture whether it is the intention of the Government, as a measure of economy, to dispose of land held by it for the purposes of the land settlement scheme for ex-service men; whether he has considered the effect of such a policy on the prospects of ex-service men on the land; and by what method the Government proposes, if disposal is decided upon, to dispose of the land held by it?

Sir A. BOSCAWEN:

I regret that I am not in a position to add anything to what I said in reply to the hon. Member's question on this subject last week.

Photo of Mr William Royce Mr William Royce , Holland with Boston

Will the right hon. Gentleman give me any indication when he will be able to answer the question?

Sir A. BOSCAWEN:

I think very shortly.

Photo of Mr William Royce Mr William Royce , Holland with Boston

If I put it down next week?

Photo of Mr Peter Raffan Mr Peter Raffan , Leigh

Is it the fact that no further ex-service men will be settled under the scheme?

Sir A. BOSCAWEN:

That is not the case at all. The greater part of the land settlement is done by the county council.

Photo of Mr Peter Raffan Mr Peter Raffan , Leigh

So far as the land that is in the possession of the Ministry of Agriculture is concerned, are we to understand that no further action is to be taken?

Sir A. BOSCAWEN:

We do not intend as a Ministry to carry out further settle- ment, but the greater part is being done by the county councils, acting for the Ministry.