5 JUNE 1920, Page 23

The Small Holdings and Allotments Acts, 1908-1919. By A. J.

Spencer. (Stevens. 10s.)—This useful book contains the Small Holdings Act of 1908, the important amending Act of last year, and the Acquisition of Land (Assessment of Compensation) Act, which was also passed last year, together with the circulars, rules and forms supplementary to these statutes. Mr. Stevens contributes a lucid introduction and some explanatory notes. Under these Acts the local councils have abundant power to multiply small holdings and allotments. It remains to be seen whether they will use their power. The new provisions giving a small holder the right to buy his holding and pay for it by instalments are of great promise, provided always that the councils are ready to put the Acts into operation and able to raise the money for the purchase of suitable land.