HC Deb 26 November 1946 vol 430 cc1392-3
20. Mr. McKie

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is now prepared to reconsider the case of Mr. Hill Baltier, Whithorn, Wigtownshire, against whom proceedings were instituted by the Department of Agriculture for Scotland.

Mr. Westwood

As the hon. Member has been informed in correspondence and in reply to his Question on 5th April, after the fullest inquiries, I can find no ground for intervening in this case.

Mr. McKie

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that two members of the agricultural executive committee concerned admitted to Mr. Hill that the additional ploughing quota levied for the year in dispute arose from the fact that the penalty imposed upon him in Wigtown Sheriff Court was, in their judgment, too light, and will he therefore now be prepared to reconsider this question?

Mr. Westwood

In view of all the facts which have been brought to my notice, and which I have endeavoured to place before the hon. Member—who has been very persistent in the interests of his constituent, for which I do not blame him —I am not prepared to reconsider this case.