§ 16. Sir Ian Fraser
asked the Secretary of State for War whether, in view of the need for the maximum home production of food, he will review the use of land by his Department.
§ Sir I. Fraser
Would my right hon. Friend encourage agricultural and horticultural use of all land he now possesses, as well as seek not to take over valuable fertile land in the future?
§ Colonel Alan Gomme-Duncan
Will my right hon. Friend see that land not given up to horticulture or agriculture is, at least, kept as free from weeds as the cultivated land which marches with it?
§ Mr. J. Langford-Holt
Will my right hon. Friend assure the House that his Department does not in practice take over any land without prior consultation with the Minister of Agriculture?
§ Mr. Head
I can assure my hon. Friend that in the past few years very thorough exchanges of information regarding the clearance of land held by the War Office have taken place both with the Minister of Agriculture and with what was then the Ministry of Town and Country Planning. These consultations have now advanced to a stage where about five-sixths of the land held by the War Office has now been cleared.