§ 32. Captain BARNETT
asked the First Commissioner of Works whether, having regard to the necessity of increasing the supplies of Home-grown food, he will consider the advisability of ploughing the grass lands in Hyde Park and Regent's Park forthwith with a view to planting potatoes there next spring?
§ Sir STEPHEN COLLINS
Before the right hon. Gentleman answers that question, may I ask is there not already a large amount of farm grass land and estate grass land still available for the cultivation of potatoes?
§ The FIRST COMMISSIONER of WORKS (Mr. Harcourt)
I do not think the proposal is economically sound, and I do not see my way to the labour necessary for the planting, cultivation, and protection of the crops.
§ Captain BARNETT
Does not the right hon. Gentleman think his Office ought to set a good example in this matter?