HC Deb 21 March 1940 vol 358 c2160W
Sir T. Moore

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland, in view of the danger of the overstocking of dairy farms owing to the greatly increased areas which have been ploughed up and placed under cultivation, what steps it is proposed to take to deal with this situation and prevent unnecessary slaughtering of stock in consequence of the absence of adequate, grazing facilities?

Mr. Colville

In arranging for increased cultivation agricultural executive committees take into account the circumstances of each individual farm and while grazing facilities for dairy cattle will be less plentiful than formerly I have no reason to think they will be inadequate. I am, however, giving close attention to the question of improvement of grassland with a view to increasing stock-carrying capacity, and executive committees have been asked to facilitate where possible arrangements for the greater utilisation of lands used for sporting purposes for the grazing of cattle and sheep.