HC Deb 03 July 1939 vol 349 cc906-7
32. Mr. De la Bère

asked the Minister of Agriculture the total prosecutions for the year 1938 for noxious weeds?

Sir R. Dorman-Smith

In the year 1938, 1,071 occupiers of land were served with notices requiring the destruction of the injurious weeds specified in the schedule to the Corn Production Acts (Repeal) Act, 1921, growing on their lands. Of these 10 failed to comply and prosecutions were instituted in these cases.

Mr. De la Bère

Will my right hon. and gallant Friend make more widely known that it is no use cutting down the weeds unless they are uprooted, as that does not seem to be as widely known as it should be?

Mr. T. Williams

Is the Minister satisfied with the way that the Weeds Act is being carried out?

Sir R. Dorman-Smith

It has to be carried out by the local authorities, and I have no reason to suppose that that is not being done

Mr. Williams

Will the right hon. and gallant Gentleman take a journey with me to Doncaster and see how many fields we pass on the road where the local inspectors ought to be operating?

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