HC Deb 05 November 1956 vol 558 c1927
12. Mr. J. E. B. Hill

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what research work is being caried out under his auspices to find more efficient and economic methods of piping and filling in drainage ditches so as to enable small fields to be amalgamated.

Mr. Amory

A small team of the Ministry's land drainage engineers is investigating methods of piping and filling in ditches, which would not only facilitate the amalgamation of small fields but also overcome the difficulties of ditch maintenance.

Mr. Hill

While thanking my right hon. Friend for that helpful information, may I ask whether he agrees that research into new methods and materials could bring very great help, particularly to small farms on the heavy difficult land?

Mr. Amory

I agree entirely with my hon. Friend. I am looking at the matter to see if there is any other way in which I can help forward these very desirable developments.

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