HC Deb 08 March 1951 vol 485 cc660-1
51. Mr. Percy Wells

asked the Minister of Agriculture how many certificates have been granted to farmers by the Kent Agricultural Executive Committee since 1945 respecting tied cottages of which they sought possession.

Mr. T. Williams

The cottage certificate procedure does not apply to tied cottages in respect of which no contract of tenancy exists. During the five years 1946–50 the Kent Agricultural Executive Committee considered 533 applications and issued 266 certificates to farmers in connection with proposed applications under the Rent and Mortgage Interest Restrictions (Amendment) Act, 1933, for court orders for the possession of cottages required for their employees.

Mr. Wells

Is my right hon. Friend aware that farm workers feel that these certificates are far too easily granted by county committees, on which they are inadequately represented?

Mr. Williams

I have heard that allegation, but I am satisfied that the certificate procedure, which reserved approximately 50 per cent. of those cases where application was made, has worked out to the benefit of the agricultural worker.

Mr. John Rodgers

Will the right hon. Gentleman draw the attention of the Minister of Local Government and Planning to the need for more houses for agricultural workers?