HC Deb 31 March 1943 vol 388 c155
14. Dr. Little

asked the Secretary of State for Air, whether he will make known immediately his decision as to the date on which certain farms will be taken over by his Ministry so that the farmers may know whether to proceed with the tillage of these lands or not?

Sir A. Sinclair

I regret that it is impossible at present to give the date when this land will be required. In the meantime, the farmers concerned have been advised that normal cultivation should continue in the expectation that they will be able to harvest their crops.

Dr. Little

Can these farmers in the meantime continue their farmwork?

Sir A. Sinclair

Yes, Sir, so they have been advised.

Lieut.-Colonel Heneage

Is it not a fact that land is very often requisitioned beyond what was originally stated and that farmers are put to inconvenience?

Sir A. Sinclair

I do not think that has happened in this case.