HC Deb 22 December 1916 vol 88 c1814
13. Captain HALL

asked the hon. Member for Wilton, as representing the Food Controller, if, in view of the powers to stop game preserving which are being obtained and will be exercised by his Department, his Department will give immediate attention to the position of landlords who are under legal obligation by agreement or lease to rear game for their tenants, and the case of tenants who are similarly bound to keep up the stock of game, especially in view of the fact that about this period more than any other of the year landlords and tenants have often power to terminate their sporting agreement?


I am advised that where the fulfilment by any person of a contract is rendered impossible or illegal by the necessity of complying with any requirement or Order under the Defence of the Realm Act or any Regulations made thereunder, such necessity would be a good defence to any action or proceedings taken against that person in respect of the non-fulfilment of the contract. The point will, however, be considered further.