§ Mr. Brooke
asked the Minister of Agriculture how many agricultural tenancies have so far been terminated in each county, respectively, under the Defence Regulation which provides for this action to be taken if holdings are not being properly and efficiently cultivated?
The total number of agricultural tenancies in England and Wales which have been terminated by notice under Regulation 62 of the Defence (General) Regulations, 1939, is 968. Circumstances vary greatly in different counties and in many instances negotiations between county war agricultural executive committees and owners and occupiers have led to desirable changes of tenancy without resort to the exercise of powers under Regulation 62. The number of such cases is not known. The figures do not, therefore, give a complete or accurate picture and comparisons between counties would be misleading.