HC Deb 06 March 1941 vol 369 cc1016-7
53. Sir I. Albery

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware of the extent to which bomb craters in Kent remain unfilled; and whether he is taking any action to facilitate dealing with this matter in view of the shortage of labour available for this purpose?

Mr. Hudson

I have not been informed of any specific cases in this county where food production has been impeded as a result of bomb craters on agricultural land remaining unfilled. The county war agricultural executive committees have been empowered to take the necessary action, either by arrangement with the military authorities or direct.

Sir I. Albery

Is it not a little too early for my right hon. Friend to be informed about whether food production has been curtailed? It will be, if he does not take some action.

Mr. Hudson

There are in the county district committees and the war agricultural committees, who are my agents, and I am sure that if there were any danger such as my hon. Friend apprehends, the district committees would already be taking action.