Leasehold Enfranchisement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment. – in the House of Commons on 28th November 1922.

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Photo of Mr James Gould Mr James Gould , Cardiff Central

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asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the large number of people who are desirous of possessing the ground upon which their homes are built, and in view of the many thousands who have purchased houses as a consequence of the house shortage, such legislation should be introduced as will secure to these people leasehold enfranchisement?

Photo of Mr Bonar Law Mr Bonar Law , Glasgow Central

The Government cannot undertake, in the present state of public business, to introduce legislation upon the important matter to which my hon. Friend refers.

Photo of Mr James Gould Mr James Gould , Cardiff Central

Will the right hon. Gentleman consider whether next Session the matter will be considered and legislation introduced!

Photo of Mr Bonar Law Mr Bonar Law , Glasgow Central

I will promise to consider that.

Photo of Mr James Sexton Mr James Sexton , St Helens

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there is really no legal title to the private ownership of land, and that morally it is most objectionable?