HC Deb 15 February 1937 vol 320 cc853-4W
Mr. J. Griffiths

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware that the survey of the agricultural and waste lands of Wales, recently completed and published by Professor R. G. Stapledon and his staff at the Aberystwyth University college, reveals the fact that, owing to rural depopulation, of 4,500,000 acres of agricultural land in Wales only 16,0o0 acres are first-class pasture, and that by improvements outlined in the survey it would be possible to more than double the present stock-carrying capacity of Wales; and what steps he proposes to take to give effect to the proposals outlined in the survey?

Mr. W. S. Morrison

The publication to which the hon. Member refers is receiving my careful consideration. The question of grassland improvement is, of course, largely dependent on the prosperity of the livestock industry which the Government is seeking to promote in various ways and in particular by the Livestock Industry Bill.