HC Deb 11 June 1953 vol 516 cc446-7
40. Sir W. Smithers

asked the Minister of Agriculture if he has studied two pamphlets, copies of which have been sent to him, issued by the Norwich and District Food Production Council, and especially the criticism of his policy on page 3; and if he will make a statement, in view of these pamphlets, as to what action he proposes to take.

Sir T. Dugdale

I have read these pamphlets and I agree with their general thesis that the practice of food production in gardens and allotments is an economic and social asset of the highest value.

I cannot, however, accept the criticism that the Government are ignoring the domestic producer. The Government's policy is to work through local authorities and the voluntary organisations of domestic food producers. Financial and other assistance is being provided for these bodies, and the Government will continue to do everything in their power to help and encourage those who choose this healthy and most useful activity.

Sir W. Smithers

Broadly, will the Minister give an undertaking that all bureaucratic interference with the farming industry shall cease forthwith?