HC Deb 10 December 1945 vol 417 c15
49. Mr. Gooch

asked the Minister of Agriculture what progress has been made in consultations between his Department and the County Councils' Association on the subject of smallholdings policy; and if he is now in a position to authorise county councils to proceed to supply the great demand for smallholdings in many counties by ex-Servicemen and others.

Mr. T. Williams

I have nothing to add to the reply given to my hon. Friend the Member for South-West Norfolk (Mr. Dye) on 15th October last.

Mr. Stubbs

Will my right hon. Friend consider that the men who have been fighting for their country ought to have a piece of land to which to come home, and on which they may desire to earn their own living?

Mr. Williams

Certainly, Sir, but I would not recommend any ex-Service or other man to enter upon a smallholding without having acquired some knowledge of the undertaking.

Mr. Butcher

Is the Minister aware that men with qualifications, experience and capital are eager to enter a smallholding and that his Ministry does nothing to help?

Mr. Williams

I am equally satisfied that there is a great demand for houses in this country, too.