HC Deb 23 November 1950 vol 481 cc504-5
56. Mr. Dye

asked the Minister of Agriculture how many approved applications for full-time smallholdings under Part IV of the Agriculture Act, 1947, have been received from the counties of Norfolk, East Suffolk and the Isle of Ely; and what are the proposed numbers of new holdings that have so far been received by his Department from the county councils concerned to meet this demand.

Mr. T. Williams

The numbers of approved applicants for full-time smallholdings on the registers of the counties of Norfolk, East Suffolk and the Isle of Ely are 230, 33 and 274, respectively. The Norfolk County Council has submitted a scheme for four new holdings, but the other councils concerned have no schemes before my Department.

Mr. Dye

Will my right hon. Friend take some steps to see that these councils obtain additional land to meet the demands?

Mr. Williams

If one or other of the counties were to make submissions, we should gladly look at them and give all the assistance we can.

Major Legge-Bourke

Will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind that as far as the Isle of Ely is concerned, as well as Norfolk, their concern is to get the part-time holding situation clarified, which the Minister will not do?

Mr. Williams

As the hon. and gallant Member is well aware, I clarified that situation at a deputation quite recently.

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