HC Deb 28 February 1917 vol 90 cc2043-4W

asked the President of the Board of Agriculture whether farmers who have undertaken to grow a certain acreage of mustard for manufacturers can be relieved of such obligation in view of the national emergency for more useful foods; and, if so, what step it is necessary for them to take in order to obtain relief from or postponement of their contract?


It is possible that the cases referred to can be dealt with by war agricultural committees under the Cultivation of Lands Order, 1917, so as to-bring to bear the relief given by the Defence of the Realm (Amendment) (No. 2) Act, 1915; but without precise details of the contracts it is not possible to express a definite opinion on this point.