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Smallholdings estates

Part of Agriculture Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:15 pm on 5th March 2020.

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Photo of Robert Goodwill Robert Goodwill Conservative, Scarborough and Whitby 2:15 pm, 5th March 2020

What does the hon. Gentleman think about the example of Staffordshire County Council? When selling off farms, the council has given tenants the first opportunity to buy, but if that has not happened it has sold the farms with sitting tenants. The tenants continue their tenancies, but the council can use the money to spend on other priorities, such as schools, getting homeless people into housing and all the other local authority priorities.