Open-Cast Mining (Farm Rents)

Oral Answers to Questions — Housing – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28 March 1945.

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Photo of Mr Robert Taylor Mr Robert Taylor , Morpeth 12:00, 28 March 1945

asked the Minister of Works whether a farmer is relieved of the rent of that part of his farm on which prospecting for the purpose of working coal by open-cast mining is being carried on; or whether he is only relieved of the rent after his land has been requisitioned.

Photo of Mr Duncan Sandys Mr Duncan Sandys , Lambeth Norwood

The position is governed by the Compensation (Defence) Act, 1939, of which I am sending my hon. Friend the relevant extracts.

Photo of Mr Robert Taylor Mr Robert Taylor , Morpeth

Would the right hon. Gentleman say when a farmer is relieved of the rent?

Photo of Mr Duncan Sandys Mr Duncan Sandys , Lambeth Norwood

I think it is a legal point, and I would not like to attempt to interpret the law.

Photo of Mr Robert Taylor Mr Robert Taylor , Morpeth

Can the Minister say whether the farmer will have to interpret it, or whether he has to go on paying rent?