The Land Commission.
A SUMMARY OF THE REPORT.
Wellington, July 14 The report of the Lands Commission, which was presented to the Governor on Tuesday, was laid on the table of the House this afternoon.
The main point in the report around which interest centres is, of course, the recommendations of the Commission concerning the tenure question. The Commission is divided upon the point, half being in favour o£ . giving the freehold to tenantß holding leases in perpetuity on payment of an additional 1 per cent., which is an approving of the present perpetual lease with the right of purchase. In effect these five endorse the freehold system in every case, except those of lands held under the Land for Settlement Act, whilst one mamber even approves of granting the freehold at the original valuation. The other five report separately, recommending no further sale of Crown lands, and that the lease in perpetuity Bhould be done away with and periodical revaluation substituted, the first at 50 years and a subsequent one every 21 years, all other present tenuea not to be interfered with.
With regard to the constitution of Land Boards, it is proposed to divide districts into ridings, and make the Boards partly eleotive and partly nominated. A variation of the residential olauses of the Act is generally disapproved of, but it is suggested that Land Boards should have some discretionary power in respect to view. With reference to the ballot system, the system of grouping applicants, as suggested by Mr Humphreys at Chrisfcehurch, is recommended.
Considerable alterations are proposed in the system of loading lands for roads, and it is proposed to abolish Boad Boards' thirds and fourths and substitute a graduated scale of Government subsidies.
It is not proposed to interfere with the Advances to Settlers Act. As a whole it is recognised that, although the Act has not always worked satisfactorily, its advantages outweigh its disadvantages. The general position of Crown tenants is regarded as satisfactory.
The Commission finds that there has been little or no tendency to aggregate large estates, but there is a lesser tendency to nccumulate land iv smaller estates.
The better classification of land is advocated, and it is also suggested that a more equitable form of leasehold valuation should be framed.
The workmen's homes system is approved, with a judicious selection of districts and holdings down to one-eighth of an acre.
It is proposed that Native lands should be resumed for settlement, upon lines similar to the resumption of laads under the Land for Settlements Act.
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The Land Commission., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6622, 15 July 1905
The Land Commission. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6622, 15 July 1905
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