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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 82

Parliamentary and Public Action

Parliamentary and Public Action.

With reference to Smith's Trust Estate Bill in relation to the Seilly Islands, which Bill came before the House of Commons on the 24th June, 1884, the Members of Parliament who spoke for and against the measure were written to respecting it. Correspondence has taken place on the subject of extensive enclosures of common lands at Hayes and Keston in Kent between Mr. Swinton, the Commons Preservation Society, and Mr. J. Bryce, M.P., but no action could be taken.

The intolerable oppression of the Skye Crofters has enlisted our warmest sympathy and a resolution expressing it was passed, and transmitted through Mr. Stuart Glennie.

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At the Industrial Remuneration Conference, held in January last, under the Presidency of Sir Chas. Dilke, M.P., two papers were presented and read on behalf of the Society, one by Prof. F. W. Newman, dealing with our general principles; the other by our President, showing how that part of our programme which would give facility and protection to peasant holders might have immediate application. The determination with which Land Nationalisation was advocated at the Conference by the Delegates of the various Industrial interests there represented was both significant and cheering, as demonstrating the deep interest taken in our great movement by the Democracy.

On the other hand, it would seem by the recent formation of the "National Land Co., Limited," by so many persons with titles to their names, that our movement has elicited some concession from the Oligarchy, with the object, however ludicrously futile, of checking Land Nationalisation.