HC Deb 20 February 1940 vol 357 c1152
75. Mr. R. Gibson

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans he has in view to provide for the summer pasturing of animals that were formerly carried by the permanent grass now being put under the plough; and what steps he proposes to take to make pasturage in deer forests available for this purpose?

Mr. Colville

Agricultural executive committees are giving attention to the quesion of securing additional summer pasturage for cattle and sheep on lands not at present adequately used for such purposes. I have suggested to committees means of facilitating arrangements between owners of such lands and graziers. In cases where voluntary arrangements are not made formal directions may be issued in terms of the Defence Regulations.

Sir Edmund Findlay

Can my right hon. Friend say whether, if such arrangements are made suitable rating arrangements will also be made in relation to these moorlands?

Mr. Colville

That raises a rather larger question which I could not discuss on this occasion.

Mr. Gibson

Will the right hon. Gentleman answer the second part of my Question which deals with pasturage in deer forests? What steps is he taking to make this available for the pasturing of cattle, previously pastured on grass which is now about to be ploughed up?

Mr. Colville

That was included in my answer. There are powers for dealing with land which is not at present adequately used. I am bearing that in mind.

Mr. Mathers

Is the right hon. Gentleman prepared to use those powers?

Mr. Colville

Yes, I have used them already.