HC Deb 15 February 1967 vol 741 cc613-4
33. Mr. James Davidson

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how far it will be his policy under Clause 26 of the Agriculture Bill to authorise lump sum compensation, in addition to compensation provided for in the Land Compensation Act, 1961, and the Compulsory Purchase Act, 1965, to tenant farmers whose boundaries are adjusted or whose unit-size is adversely affected as a result of a compulsory purchase order for development purposes, such as road building.

Mr. John Mackie

Clause 26 of the Agriculture Bill deals with grants for farm amalgamations and provides no powers to pay compensation to farmers displaced by compulsory purchase.

Mr. Davidson

Is the Minister aware that the present system of compensation is quite inadequate for a man who has lost, perhaps not only his livelihood, but his way of life, as a result of the operation of such an Order?

Mr. Mackie

I can assure the hon. Member that my right hon. Friend will be making a statement on this, which has nothing to do with Clause 26, very soon.