HC Deb 04 November 1946 vol 428 cc1049-50
55. Mr. Dye

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether it is his intention to give up all short term agreements with the tenants of forestry holdings and give the occupiers the full advantages of the Agricultural Holdings Acts.

The Minister of Agriculture (Mr. Thomas Williams)

No, Sir. All these tenancies are subject to one month's notice to quit if the holder ceases to be employed.

Mr. Dye

Will the Minister, under his new arrangement, consider transferring these smallholdings to the county councils so that the tenants may have exactly the same advantages as the rest of the tenants in the country?

Mr. Williams

It would be quite inappropriate for county councils to control forestry smallholdings which they are under obligation to work for the Forestry Commission.