§ 30. Mr. Godber
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when he proposes to announce his decision in regard to the future of the three Land Settlement Association Estates which the Wise Committee recommended should be withdrawn from the Land Settlement Association scheme.
§ Mr. Peart
I am always anxious to speed up and do things. I do a lot of things for the agricultural industry, though I am usually attacked by hon. Members opposite for it. The livelihood of these tenants is at stake and I am anxious to 354 make the right decision after careful inquiries. 'I am not going to be rushed into taking action which might be disastrous. I must be sure of taking the right long-term view, and that I shall do.
§ Mr. Godber
But the right hon. Gentleman has had adequate time. We want him to take the right decision, as it is very important for the tenants. But this Sword of Damocles hanging over their heads has been there a long time and it is up to the right hon. Gentleman to say something to enable these tenants to plan their future. Is not he aware of the real concern there is?
§ Mr. Hawkins
The Wise Report has been out nearly two years. When are we going to get action on it or at least a debate?
§ 22. Mr. Ridsdale
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he will make a further statement on his proposed legislation following the Wise Committee's Report.
§ Mr. Ridsdale
Am I to understand that the Minister is proposing legislation to allow units which are financially viable to become independent? If so, is he aware how much some of us will welcome this measure of denationalisation, however small? When will he implement this legislation or is he coming to this side of the House before then?