22 NOVEMBER 1930, Page 10

The Land Bill

On Tuesday the Government, enthusiastically helped by Mr. Lloyd George, carried the second reading of their Land Utilization Bill by a majority of 81. The Unionist attack upon the Bill was chiefly inspired by indignation at the absence of Protective tariffs. Sir George Courthope said that the Government would waste millions of money on the proposed large-scale farms, and more millions upon tempting prospective small holders into an unprofit- able occupation. He even shed a tear over the very remarkable recent extension of allotments. He was afraid that this allotment craze might end in many thousands of men being content to live always on the " dole " while the cultivation of a little bit of land became an auxiliary of their weekly Budget and, for the rest, only a healthy recreation.

* • • •