HC Deb 11 March 1954 vol 524 cc180-1W
Mr. William Taylor

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has considered the draft order submitted by the Monmouthshire Magistrates' Courts Committee for the division of the county into petty sessional divisions; and what decision he has reached on the matter.

Sir D. Maxwell Fyfe

Yes. In view of the objections which were lodged against the Committee's proposals, I appointed Mr. C. E. Scholefield to hold a local inquiry. I have received Mr. Scholefield's report, in which he recommends that an order should be made amalgamating the divisions of Monmouth and the borough of Monmouth, and transferring certain areas from one division to another. Subject to any further observations from the interested authorities, I have decided to give effect to these recommendations, and I have so informed the interested authorities.

The Committee's other proposals would involve the abolition of the existing petty sessional divisions of Raglan, Skenfrith and Trellech. Mr. Scholefield reported that the Committee had made out a good case for their proposal in respect of two of the three divisions, but that in view of the intensity of local feeling, it would be better not to make any change at present. After careful consideration I have decided to accept this recommendation. It will, however, be open to the Magistrates' Courts Committee to submit further proposals at a later date in the light of experience.

Calendar Year Oats Barley
Quantity Imported Used for Animal Feed Quantity Imported Used for Animal Feed
(tons) (per cent.) (tons) (per cent.)
1949 65,211 100 461,160 100
1950 89,697 100 764,437 100
1951 105,706 100 1,213,518 99.9
1952 134,817 100 1,132,074 100
1953 110,387 95.3 1,435,554 98.5