HC Deb 12 June 1941 vol 372 cc336-7
55. Sir William Davison

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether his attention has been drawn to the large quantities of wild flowers, primroses, bluebells, etc., which are sent for sale from the country to London and other towns; and whether, in order to preserve the amenities of country districts now largely filled by evacuees from the towns, he will consider the introduction of a short non-contentious Bill prohibiting the retailing of wild flowers?

Mr. Hudson

No, Sir. I have no evidence that the collection of wild flowers for sale in towns is taking place on a large scale;, and so long as the practice does not involve damage to growing crops I see no grounds for intervention.

Sir W. Davison

Is not the beauty of the British countryside an invaluable asset in connection with the war effort in providing rest and refreshment for war workers and for children evacuated from towns?

Mr. Hudson

I am also aware of the difficulties, in present conditions, of obtaining—

Mr. Speaker

We had better get on with the Questions on the Paper.