HC Deb 25 May 1966 vol 729 c463
44. Mr. Emrys Hughes

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what he estimates to have been the increase in farmers' rents in England and Wales during the last year.

Mr. John Mackie

From October, 1964 to October, 1965, an average of 7¼ per cent. or about 5s. an acre.

Mr. Hughes

Is my hon. Friend aware that the word "rent" has just become to many farmers the most objectionable four-letter word in the language? Does not he think it time that the Prices and Incomes Board thoroughly investigated the whole question of exploitation of farmers by landlords?

Mr. Mackie

As a farmer of long standing, I would not agree that the word "rent" has just become so objectionable. I have previously replied "No" to my hon. Friend's suggestion of a reference to the Prices and Incomes Board.

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