§ Mr. RENDALL
asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office why definite answers to questions addressed to him on behalf of farmers whose hay has been bought by the War Office and not removed cannot be given; whether he is aware that in many cases farmers must starve or kill their cattle if these contracts are not rescinded and they allowed to feed their cattle on such hay; and will he give immediate permission to Mr. Holpin, of Falfield, and Mr. Croome, of Rudgeway, Gloucester, to use the hay now on their farms, which they are at present not allowed to use, and so prevent the loss of their cattle?
§ Mr. FORSTER
The practice is to refer all extreme cases brought to notice to the County Farm Produce Committee for their626W recommendations, and I understand that that committee invariably delegates the member living nearest to investigate. As regards the two specific cases mentioned, I am informed that the 4 tons which Mr. Holpin asked for have now been released to him. Mr. Croome's application was considered some time ago, and was refused, but I understand that he has recently, without permission, and after being paid 50 per cent. of the value, consumed 2 tons which he had sold to the War Department. His case has now been referred to the county committee for their recommendation.