§ Mr. MACLEAN
asked the Minister of Agriculture if any drainage relief schemes have been prepared for carrying out during 1926?
Under the Ministry's programme for the relief of unemployment which is due to finish on 29th May, 1926, 545W 255 schemes of land drainage and water supply have been approved, 19 of which have been completed, 1S9 are in operation, and the remainder are due to start at any favourable moment. The conditions applying in the case of the larger and more comprehensive five year programme announced in the White Paper on Agricultural Policy are about to be communicated to all drainage authorities, who are therefore not yet in a position to submit schemes. The Ministry is aware, however, that a number of schemes are in preparation against the announcement of the actual conditions, so that a start may be made as soon after 1st April, 1926, as possible.