HC Deb 04 April 1940 vol 359 c317
54. Mr. Stokes

asked the Minister of Agriculture to what extent vacant and unused land is now being cultivated under the Cultivation of Land (Allotments) Order, 1939; and what steps are being taken to ensure that the councils make the fullest possible use of the powers delegated to them?

Sir R. Dorman-Smith

I expect to receive reports from local authorities in a few weeks time. With regard to the last part of the Question, circulars have been sent to the local authorities concerned urging them to exercise their powers as widely as possible; in addition a campaign of publicity has been carried out by means of posters and leaflets, broadcast talks and public meetings, all directed to the stimulation and organisation of the demand for war-time allotments.

Mr. Stokes

In cases where a local authority is over-burdened with local landlords will any penalty be put on landlords who refuse to use their land?

Mr. Noel-Baker

In his campaign of propaganda will the Minister use the co-operation of the Ministry of Information?

Sir R. Dorman-Smith

Yes, it is done in co-operation with the Ministry of Information.

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