HC Deb 26 April 1948 vol 450 cc21-2
50. Mr. Hurd

asked the Minister of Agriculture on what grounds he has allowed Mr. K. F. Ware of Upper Brook Farm, Worminghall, Buckinghamshire, to be dispossessed from his farm; and if his decision was based on the advice of the Bucks A.E.C.

Mr. T. Williams

Mr. Ware received notice to quit from his landlords who wish to run the farm themselves, through a manager; and I had to decide, under Defence Regulation 62 (4A), whether to give or refuse my consent to this notice. I have, of course, had the advice of the Buckinghamshire Agricultural Executive Committee and after carefully considering the evidence, I was satisfied that production on the farm was likely to be increased in the hands of the owners, and therefore consented.

Mr. Hurd

Will the Minister say whether the Buckinghamshire Agricultural Executive Committee are now satisfied with the decision which he has taken, which is apparently contrary to the advice which they tendered to him?

Mr. Williams

The hon. Member in particular is aware that if one is to get the best advice and guidance from county agricultural executive committees, that advice must be of a confidential nature.

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