HC Deb 22 December 1919 vol 123 c1013
73. Mr. HINDS

asked the Prime Minister whether he had received representations from the agricultural executive committees in Wales calling attention to the difficulties they were experieneing in their efforts to get occupiers of land to cultivate their holdings in a husbandlike manner, with a view to increased fertility, and the consequent greater production of food; whether they were met with a rejoinder that it was not fair to farmers to be urged to expend labour and money on the improvements of their farms without adequate security that they would reap the benefit of their extra expenditure, and that this was now emphasised when so many estates were being sold, and where farmers had to pay a higher price for the holdings solely on account that it had been cultivated to the best advantage; and whether he would take steps to remedy the grievance?


The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. The whole matter of giving security of tenure is under consideration in connection with the forthcoming agricultural Bill.