HC Deb 28 February 1918 vol 103 cc1538-9
65. Mr. WATT

asked the Secretary for Scotland whether he is aware that the Board of Agriculture on several occasions refused its consent to the ploughing up for potatoes and other crops of Cockenzie and Port Seton Golf Course, although this course has been practically unused for the last two years; whether he is aware that the district food committee repeatedly advised the Department to consent to its cultivation ; and whether he will say what were the reasons influencing his Department to prevent this scheme of food production, in view of the present, war situation?


My right hon. Friend is aware of the facts of the case. The Food Committee took a different view at different times on the subject, and the Board were of opinion that under all the circumstances the course ultimately suggested would involve a certain amount of hardship. My right hon. Friend has instructed that the case should receive further consideration, and he is also considering a general investigation in regard to the possibilities of further action in regard to golf courses.

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