HC Deb 15 October 1945 vol 414 cc688-9
57. Mr. W. J. Brown

asked the Minisister of Agriculture whether he is now prepared to set up a court of appeal to which farmers dispossessed by the order of war agricultural executive committees can state their case.

Mr. T. Williams

Yes, Sir. I am proposing to set up seven or eight regional tribunals in England and Wales for this purpose. Details of these proposals are being discussed with the various organisations concerned, and I shall make a further and fuller statement to the House on the subject as soon as possible.

Mr. Brown

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware with what very great pleasure—and what surprise—his reply will be read in the country, because it is a reversal of the policy of the old Government on at least one point?

Mr. Williams

That is exactly why it was done.

Lieut.-Colonel Dower

Will cases of eviction which occurred in the past be re-opened?

Mr. Williams

No, Sir.