HC Deb 18 June 1956 vol 554 c1046
46. Mr. Willey

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what steps he is taking to improve the administration of the Marginal Production Scheme.

Mr. Amory

The changes noted by the Wilson Committee as under consideration at the time of their hearings were introduced last October. The more expensive programmes are no longer referred to Ministry headquarters, but all are dealt with by county committees. The specific recommendations of the Wilson Committee (which would require legislation) are under consideration.

Mr. Willey

While thanking the right hon. Gentleman for the action he has taken, may I ask whether, in view of the fact that this is an obvious case for administrative reform, he will go ahead and deal with it as expeditiously as possible?

Mr. Amory

I am very anxious to do everything I possibly can to see if we can simplify our organisation and clarify our procedure still further.