HC Deb 21 January 1937 vol 319 cc340-1
47. Mr. Ede

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he will promote legislation authorising county councils or some other competent authority to make a survey of common lands in accordance with the recommendation of the Departmental Committee on National Parks?

Mr. W. S. Morrison

As the hon. Member is aware, such a survey would be bath complicated and lengthy, and I regret that I cannot at present promise legislation on the lines suggested?

Mr. Ede

Is not the fact that it would be complicated and lengthy an additional reason for getting on with it quickly?

Mr. Morrison

We are certainly not losing sight of the matter. We are considering it, but the hon. Gentleman asked me whether I could promise legislation, and I regret that I cannot.

Mr. Leach

Can the Minister say to the nearest hundred how many matters are now under serious consideration?