HC Deb 27 March 1941 vol 370 c700
50. Mr. Granville

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he will consider the setting-up of alternative impartial bodies to the county war agricultural committees to enable farmers to appeal against dispossession and on the question of the crops to be grown, in view of the fact that they know the crops and produce to which their own land is best suited?

Mr. T. Williams

I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given to the hon. Member for the Isle of Ely (Mr. de Rothschild) on 27th February" last.

Mr. Granville

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that many of these questions between war agricultural committees and farmers are a matter of agricultural opinion? Does he not, as a good democrat, recognise that even farmers, in a war for freedom, should be given a right of appeal on a matter of dispossession?

Mr. Williams

Perhaps the hon. Member is not aware that the powers delegated to the war agricultural executive committees to take possession of land cannot be exercised without the consent of the farmer himself or of the Minister.

Mr. Granville

In view of the unsatisfactory nature of the answer, I beg to give notice that I shall raise the matter on the Adjournment.