32. Mr. T. Williams
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether the Government have yet reached any conclusions on the Report of the Heneage Committee; and when legislation is likely to be introduced to give effect to the recommendations.
I do not want to hurry the right hon. Gentleman because I know that it is only five years since this Committee reported, but has he any idea when, perhaps, the Government will have made up their minds?
I know that the right hon. Gentleman realises what a very complicated and very controversial question this is, and I think that even he found it impossible to reach a snap decision on this matter.
While I agree with the right hon. Gentleman as to the complexity of the problem, may I ask if he is aware that there are thousands of tenants in small cottage properties paying many shillings a week for drainage rates when they are deriving no benefit at all under the existing drainage law?
I know, and I also know that there are many what one might call intermediate water courses in this country which are at present unprovided for.