§ Sir E. Graham-Little
asked the Minister of Agriculture if he is aware that negotiations for compensation of Mr. Peach of Sherington Nurseries, Newport Pagnell, Bucks, for dilapidations are still no further advanced after nine months; that six officials have now visited the holding, criticised its condition and threatened the prioprietor with supervision, though he has received no payment on account of his considerable claim for damage done to the holding; and if he will rectify this position.
§ Mr. T. Williams
The valuers acting for my Department and Mr. Peach have been unable to reach agreement as to compensation in this case, but in default of agreement Mr. Peach is entitled to have his claim heard by the General Claims Tribunal and his solicitors have been so informed. As I informed the hon. Member on 20th April last, the provisions of the Agriculture Act, 1947, will be brought into operation if Mr. Peach fails to cultivate the land properly. I am aware that the Horticultural Sub-Committee of the Bucks. A.E.C. have visited Mr. Peach's nursery to make an inspection before deciding whether any action should be taken.