HC Deb 21 December 1964 vol 704 cc845-6
22. Mr. van Straubenzee

asked the Minister of Land and Natural Resources whether the proposed Land Commission will be an independent body on the lines of the old Central Land Board, or whether it will form part of his Department.

Mr. Willey

I must ask the hon. Member to wait for the introduction of legislation.

Mr. van Straubenzee

Surely the right hon. Gentleman can give us, at least in outline, what his thoughts are? [HON. MEMBERS:" No."] I am eternally hopeful. Would he not feel that the precedent I have given him might be useful to follow? Could he not in a sentence or two give his views on that?

Mr. Willey

No, I must ask the hon. Member to await the legislation.

Mr. Corfield

How does this square with the great phrase in the Labour Party manifesto: Labour is ready, Poised to swing its plans into instant operation.

Mr. Willey

I am anxious to bring this legislation into operation as soon as possible, but I must ask the hon. Member to wait.

23. Mr. Channon

asked the Minister of Land and Natural Resources when he proposes to introduce legislation to establish a Land Commission.

Mr. Willey

As soon as possible.

Mr. Channon

Is not the right hon. Gentleman aware that that reply will cause grave dissatisfaction? Would he not agree that there is grave uncertainty about this and it is in the public interest that he should give us his plans as soon as possible and publish a White Paper on the subject? In view of the fact that there is very little expert support for the plan, can he authoritatively confirm that he and his hon. Friends have decided not to introduce it in the first 100 days?

Mr. Willey

I have said that I will introduce it as soon as possible, and I am glad to note that both sides of the House have welcomed this.