§ MR. NAPIER (Kent, Faversham)
To ask the hon. Member for South Somerset, as representing the President of the Board of Agriculture, whether the Government is prepared to give effect to the recommendations of the recent Departmental Committee on the fruit industry to the effect that the various Agricultural Holdings Acts should be consolidated into one Act, and that the Market Gardeners' Compensation Acts be amended by making Section 4 retrospective.
(Answered by Sir Edward Strachey.) There can be no doubt as to the desirability of consolidating the Agricultural† See (4) Debates, clii., 358.1252 Holdings Acts, and I should be glad if an opportunity could be found for doing so in connection with the Land Tenure Bill now before the House. The suggestion of the hon. Member will certainly be kept in view. A Bill for amending the Market Gardeners' Compensation Act is now before the House, and I am afraid that, under existing circumstances, I cannot undertake that the Government will introduce legislation of their own on the subject.