HC Deb 03 December 1936 vol 318 cc1403-4
3. Mr. E. DUNN

asked the Minister of Labour how many men have been transferred to date from the Special Areas to the estates of the Land Settlement Association; how many of these men have completed training; how many are still in training; how many have already been joined by their families; what is the total number of men, women, and children thus transferred; and what is the estimated total figure for men, women, and children up to the end of the present year?


I am informed by the Land Settlement Association that up to 30th November, 1936, 486 men had been transferred from the Special Areas to the estates of the Association; of these 14 have completed training and 472 are still in training; 246 have been joined by their families and the total number of men, women and juveniles transferred is 1,419. The Association estimate that about 1,750 men, women and juveniles will have been transferred up to the end of the year.


Does not the right hon. Gentleman think it important that full

culate a statement in the OFFICIAL REPORT

Following is, the statement:

effect should be given to the recommendations of the Special Commissioner?


There is another question about that.

4. Mr. DUNN

asked the Minister of Labour whether he has considered recommendation 15, page 163, of the recent report of the Commissioner for the Special Areas; and whether it is the Government's intention to adopt that recommendation and enable the full-time holdings programme of the Land Settlement Association to be steadily expanded and, if so, to what extent?


Recruitment for the present programme of land settlement in England and Wales provides for an experiment based on settling some 2,000 families on full-time small holdings and it is not expected to be completed for about 12 months. The Commissioner's recommendation for expansion is being actively examined.