Allotments.

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture. – in the House of Commons on 12th February 1941.

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Photo of Mr John Tinker Mr John Tinker , Leigh

asked the Minister of Agriculture what progress has been made with additional allotments; whether the progress is in keeping with his anticipation; and what steps will he take to improve the position?

Photo of Mr Thomas Williams Mr Thomas Williams , Don Valley

Our intensive campaign for increasing the number of allotments has been conducted during the autumn and winter months, and the urgency and importance of the matter have been impressed on all local authorities, both by circular letter and by regional conferences throughout the country. The actual results of these efforts cannot as yet be precisely stated, but I have every reason to believe that they will be substantial.

Photo of Mr John Tinker Mr John Tinker , Leigh

If I put down a Question in a month's time, will the hon. Gentleman be able to give me a more definite answer?

Photo of Mr Thomas Williams Mr Thomas Williams , Don Valley

I shall be very happy to provide the hon. Member with all the information at my disposal. I hope we may secure the assistance of every Member of the House in making the allotment campaign a success.

Photo of Mr Ellis Smith Mr Ellis Smith , Stoke-on-Trent Stoke

Is the hon. Gentleman satisfied with the activities of local authorities, and, if not, will he take steps to stimulate them?

Photo of Mr Thomas Williams Mr Thomas Williams , Don Valley

The conferences referred to were all with members of local authorities, and in the vast majority of cases they were not only sympathetic but enthusiastic.

Photo of Mr Daniel Lipson Mr Daniel Lipson , Cheltenham

Is the hon. Gentleman proposing to ask for a return from local authorities of the increased number of allotments?

Photo of Mr Thomas Williams Mr Thomas Williams , Don Valley

Presumably such returns will be sent in later, but it is too early yet to determine what the actual number will be.