Letter: Landowners next

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NOW THAT the "Lords take their rightful place in history" (31 October), let us hope that issues not put before Parliament "because the Lords will not pass them" will now receive proper debate. I do not refer to the relatively minor challenge of fox-hunting but, as an example, to the relatively major problem of land and its use.

Many of the biggest landowners have had seats in the Lords; for years we have not had wide-ranging debate on land taxation, on the lack of VAT on new builds on greenfield sites or on the inheritance of our land. Since this is greatly connected with the profits and agro-industrial farming methods of many large landowners, such inquiry is now urgent for the health of our land and the welfare of all its inhabitants.


Baildon, West Yorkshire