Dr Christopher Addison: The allotment-holders will hold it from the society from year to year.
Dr Christopher Addison: They take the land from the trustees.
Dr Christopher Addison: If they sustain loss they will get compensation.
Dr Christopher Addison: I fail to understand this acid test of the Government's sincerity. My hon. and gallant Friend who moved, and the hon. Member who seconded, and who helped the Committee so much upstairs, suggested that unless we accepted this particular Amendment in their particular form, our pledges to the men who had fought for us were waste paper and that we are not going to carry them out. I respectfully...
Dr Christopher Addison: My right hon. Friend (Sir D. Maclean) said that he raised this matter upstairs, and that he proposed to raise it on every appropriate occasion. I do not complain of that. I think the method we have adopted is the rational and sensible way of dealing with it, and I respectfully suggest that the rational way of dealing with land acquisition for public purposes is to deal with it as a whole. It...
Dr Christopher Addison: Clause 10.
Dr Christopher Addison: I am well aware of that, and also I know that in a great many cases the valuers have advised a value which is materially less than that which is asked—in some cases very, very much less. But, after all, if you are going to acquire land compulsorily, you can adopt one of two methods. You can either pay for it not more than other people would pay for it, or you can say straight away that you...
Dr Christopher Addison: No.
Dr Christopher Addison: This Amendment will not help you; Clause 10 will.
Dr Christopher Addison: The Land Acquisition Bill will deal with that if we can get it through.
Dr Christopher Addison: As we have made good progress, and in consequence of a desire to have a certain discussion on the Ad- journment, and in order to take the Lords Amendments to the Ministry of Health Bill, I beg to move, That further consideration of the Bill, as amended (in the Standing Committee), be now adjourned.
Dr Christopher Addison: I beg to move, That this House doth disagree with the Lords in the said Amendment. Their Lordships by this and subsequent Amendments struck out one of the Parliamentary Secretaries to the Ministry of Health. I am well aware this is not a popular cause to defend, but I would ask the House to remember that in Committee and Report, and Third Beading, the proposal of the Bill in respect of this...
Dr Christopher Addison: I can give my right hon. Friend that assurance fully now.
Dr Christopher Addison: Not as I use them.
Dr Christopher Addison: The Noble Lord cannot speak from experience of what happens in Government Departments.
Dr Christopher Addison: I was only mentioning it.
Dr Christopher Addison: On consideration of the words accepted in Committee it was quite clear that they raised more difficulties than they settled, and, therefore, on Report, my hon. Friend the Secretary to the Treasury made the Motion to which my hon. Friend (Mr. Thorne) has referred. We wanted to meet the spirit of my hon. Friend's Amendment, and therefore cast about for words to give effect to it. These words...
Dr Christopher Addison: I beg to move, at the end of Sub-section (1, a), to add the words including the provision, maintenance, and im-[...] of houses and gardens, and other works or buildings for, or for the convenience of persons belonging to the working classes and other persons. These words are desirable for purposes which, in the opinion of the local authority are necessary, incidentally to the development of...
Dr Christopher Addison: I am sorry to differ in my recollection from my hon. Friend, but the Amendment of the hon. Member for Wood Green and an Amendment raising the same subject, was the topic of Debate in Committee, and I think that finally the majority of the Committee took the view that we could not with advantage attempt to define working classes in this Bill.
Dr Christopher Addison: It is quite a useful Amendment, and I shall be glad to accept it.