§ 54. Mr. Renton
asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware that Pinner Brothers, agricultural contractors of Little Stukeley, Huntingdonshire, sowed 135 acres of corn on Alconbury Aerodrome last autumn and are growing there also 22 acres of clover, and have now been given notice by the Air Ministry to plough up these crops; and what steps he is taking, in consultation with that Department, to ensure that this waste of food will not occur.
Mr. T. Williams
Alconbury airfield is being brought into condition for very early flying use, and it is necessary for this purpose that the land within the perimeter track which is now under cultivation should be sown down to grass. I am afraid that in these circumstances the loss of some crops cannot be avoided. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Air will take all practicable steps to reduce the loss to a minimum.