§ Captain TERRELL
asked the Minister of Agriculture whether the £100,000 promised towards land drainage and afforestation has been paid or promised, wholly or in part; and, if so, to what schemes?
§ Mr. BUXTON
I presume the hon. and gallant Member refers to the extra 63W £105,000 allocated by the present Government to unemployment relief works during the expiring winter season of 1923–24, of which £60,000 was earmarked for land drainage and water supply schemes in England and Wales additional to the £250,000 already voted for that purpose. Completed schemes or schemes still in operation are estimated to absorb nearly £276,000 of this amount, and but for bad weather the whole £310,000 would undoubtedly have been expended. For information as to the £15,000 for drainage to be expended in Scotland and the £30,000 allocated for afforestation, I would refer the hon. and gallant Member to my right hon. Friends the Secretary for Scotland and the Member for Tiverton (Mr. Acland), respectively.