§ 18. Mr. Snadden
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether the Government propose to introduce legislation to give effect to the recommendations of the Balfour Committee on the Hill Sheep Industry.
I am presently engaged in discussions with the Scots hill sheep industry upon certain aspects of the recommendations contained in the Report of Lord Balfour of Burleigh's Committee. I expect to have the considered views of all sections of the industry at an early date, and I shall then consider, in consultation with my right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture who has before him a report on the industry in England and Wales, the measures which might most suitably be adopted.
§ Mr. Snadden
Will the right hon. Gentieman afford an opportunity for discussion in the House on that Report?
§ Major McCallum
Is my right hon. Friend aware that a certain amount of valuable Lowland agricultural land is passing to the control of the Forestry Commissioners because the owners do not know what the future of farming is to be?
There have been discussions on all these subjects and that matter would more profitably be raised when a discussion takes place on the hill sheep industry.
§ Mr. Quibell
Is there any justification for the hon. and gallant Gentleman's supplementary question?