HC Deb 23 September 1943 vol 392 cc392-3
64. Major Conant

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether, in view of the improvement of farming standards and the fact that less urgency attends the displacement of an indifferent farmer than at the time of the setting up of the war agricultural executive committees, he will consider the formation of local appeal tribunals?

Mr. Hudson

I do not agree that the displacement of farmers who are not cultivating their land properly is any less urgent than it was, and I would refer my hon. and gallant Friend to the answers given by me on 22nd April and 15th July last to the hon. Member for Eddisbury (Mr. Loverseed), and to my statement in the Debate on the Adjournment on 9th October, 1941.

Major Conant

Does not my right hon. Friend think that all the more urgent cases should have been disposed of already?

Mr. Hudson

I wish I could think that. It reflects badly on the individuals concerned that after four years of war they have to be dispossessed, but unfortunately it is the case, and I see no reason in the present state of our food supplies why we should discontinue the practice which has been carried out hitherto.

Brigadier-General Clifton Brown

Will my right hon. Friend see that in any policy that is adumbrated there will be an appeal for farmers?

Mr. Hudson

That is another matter.

Mr. Loverseed

I beg to renew the notice I have given that, in view of the unsatisfactory nature of that reply, I intend to raise the matter on the Adjournment.