§ 47. Mr. C. BATHURST
asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that there is a desire among landowners and agriculturists of all shades of political opinion that there shall be a public investigation of the most searching character by a competent and non-partisan tribunal into the present position of those engaged in the agricultural industry in Great Britain, the resources and activities of agricultural landowners, and the wages, housing, and conditions of labour of agricultural workers; and whether he will satisfy that desire by forthwith setting up such a tribunal?
§ The PRIME MINISTER
I do not think after full consideration there is any necessity at present for the appointment of such a Commission or Committee as that suggested by the hon. Member.
§ Mr. C. BATHURST
Does the right hon. Gentleman realise that agricultural landowners only desire the same public trial as he would himself concede to the most contemptible criminal in the land?
§ Mr. RAFFAN
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that in a great many cases in this country men who have applied for small holdings have been victimised, and if such a tribunal is ultimately set up, will he take steps to protect witnesses?