HC Deb 02 June 1938 vol 336 c2237
74 Sir P. Hurd

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether, in view of the more or less derelict condition of millions of acres of land, officially classed as permanent pasture, he will institute a national survey as suggested by Professor Stapledon, of Aberystwith University, and Professor Engledow, of Cambridge University, and enlist the co-operation of county agricultural committees so that it may be begun forthwith, county by county, and speedily completed?

Mr. Ramsbotham

My right hon. Friend has under consideration what additional inquiries or surveys could be undertaken with advantage, but he is doubtful whether a detailed survey of the particular kind indicated by my hon. Friend would justify the expense involved.

Sir P. Hurd

Is it possible to evolve an effective policy unless it is known how much of this land is capable of cultivation in time of emergency?

Mr. Ramsbotham

No doubt that is just the point my right hon. Friend has in mind in considering this matter.

Mr. T. Williams

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that a practical scheme was produced in 1931 and was embodied in the Land Utilisation Act?