Oral Answers to Questions — Allotments, Isleworth.

– in the House of Commons on 9th July 1931.

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Photo of Sir John Ferguson Sir John Ferguson , Twickenham

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asked the Minister of Agriculture if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the Middlesex County Council have issued notices terminating, on or before 31st August, the tenancies of a number of Isleworth allotment holders, many of whom are unemployed or partly unemployed men; and will he give instructions that they are not dispossessed until the end of September, by which time most of their crops could be gathered?

Photo of Sir Charles Edwards Sir Charles Edwards , Bedwellty

I understand that the county council are proceeding to acquire the land referred to for sewage disposal works under the powers vested in them by the Middlesex County Council Act, 1931. My right hon. Friend has no power to intervene in the way suggested by the hon. Member, but representations have already been made to the council and he is assured that the council will treat the allotment holders with the utmost consideration.

Photo of Sir John Ferguson Sir John Ferguson , Twickenham

As these crops are just beginning to mature, and as nearly 500 holders of small allotments are interested, will the hon. Gentleman ask the Minister of Agriculture to consider an extension to the end of September if possible?