HC Deb 04 December 1952 vol 508 cc161-2W
19. Mr. G. Brown

asked the Minister of Agriculture the actual increase in the tillage acreage shown by his latest returns; and the estimated cost for the same period of the ploughing subsidy.

Sir T. Dugdale

The increase in the tillage area in England and Wales is about 156,000 acres over last year, but the area under crops, excluding grass, has increased by 238,000 acres. The estimated cost of the special 1952 ploughing subsidy in England and Wales is £3 million.

20. Mr. G. Brown

asked the Minister of Agriculture the number of directions served under the Tillage (Maximum Pasture) Order, from October, 1951, up to the latest convenient date; and whether he has now decided to make greater use of this power.

Sir T. Dugdale

Eighty-six in the year ended 31st October, 1952. As regards the second part of the Question, I have recently asked county agricultural executive committees in England and Wales not to hesitate to use these powers where they are satisfied a farmer is not making a proper contribution to the tillage drive.