HC Deb 04 June 1946 vol 423 cc285-6W
Mr. Thornton-Kemsley

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps should be taken by agriculturalists who desire to be considered for membership of one of the new A.A.E.Cs.; and when he will be in position to announce the conditions of service.

Mr. Westwood

The members of the area executive committees will be selected and appointed by myself after consultation with the representative organisations of owners, farmers and workers. Before making my appointments I shall be pre- retendering on an agreed price basis, on 24th May. The council have now powers under the Acquisition of Land (Authorisation Procedure) Act to obtain access to the sites. As to the hon. Member's allegation in the latter part of the Question, the approval of the county council's housing proposals is a statutory requirement which cannot be waived by my Department, but apart from this, I have taken every possible step to eliminate delays.

pared to consider any suggestions for membership that may be made to me in the course of these consultations as well as any that may reach me from other sources. Members of the committees will act in an honorary capacity and the latter part of the question does not therefore arise.