HC Deb 07 February 1985 vol 72 cc691-2W
Mr. D. E. Thomas

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will give further information on the functions of farm wardens after a nuclear attack, the areas to be served by such wardens, and the sources from which such people might be drawn.

Mrs. Fenner

The function of farm wardens would be to link the farming community and the wartime agricultural departments by conveying information about the state of agriculture and its problems in the area concerned and advice and instructions about the action to be taken. Each warden would serve 20 or so farms, depending on the topography of the area. The wardens would be selected from persons already familiar with the farms and farming in their area and could be one of the farmers in the area or others appropriately qualified such as, for example, those holding positions in agriculturally related enterprises or organisations.

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