HC Deb 04 March 1918 vol 103 cc1697-8

asked the President of the Board of Agriculture if he will state, for the information of those farmers who have very heavy, badly- drained old pasture which their county war agricultural committees have decided must be ploughed up for seeding during the coming spring, what right of appeal, if any, they have against such a decision if based on insufficient know ledge or an excess of imprudent patriotic zeal?


There is no appeal from the decisions of the county agricultural executive committees, but those committees are always ready to consider any objections to the ploughing up of particular fields which may have been scheduled, and the Board are satisfied that the practical men on those committees, with their knowledge of the local circumstances, form the best tribunal available in the present emergency.


Is it not a fact that the sanction of the Board itself is required before the decision of the county war agricultural committee is of necessity acted upon; and is not that, in effect, an appeal to the Board in exceptional cases?


No, Sir; that is not the case. No sanction is required for these Orders. In certain cases of difficulty the executive committee have themselves referred the cases to the Board, and in those cases we have exercised the powers of appeal.