§ 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?