HC Deb 19 February 1953 vol 511 cc148-9W
59. Mr. Baldwin

asked the Minister of Agriculture what steps he proposes to take when common land, now cultivated by county agricultural committees, is derequisitioned, in order to prevent the land reverting to its original state which, in general, was of little use to either the commoner or the nation.

Sir T. Dugdale

I have no powers to compel commoners to keep their commons in good condition once they are de-requisitioned, and common land cannot in the normal way be fenced or cultivated. For that reason commons are de-requisitioned in grass. The commoners can, however, maintain and improve the grazing by voluntary co-operation, and I hope that many will do so.