Cropping Policy.

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture. – in the House of Commons on 29th May 1941.

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Photo of Mr Morgan Price Mr Morgan Price , Forest of Dean

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he will take steps to impress on the county war agricultural executive committees the importance of studying the grassland survey maps, which have been prepared under the direction of Sir George Stapledon, with a view to determining a cropping policy on the various types of land which have been ploughed up, and which ought to be ploughed up?

Photo of Mr Robert Hudson Mr Robert Hudson , Southport

Copies of the grassland survey map for each county, together- with a synopsis of the information concerning the grassland of the county, gathered in the course of the survey of the whole country carried out by Sir George Stapledon and Mr. William Davies during the previous two years, were circulated to the county war agricultural executive committees last autumn, to help the committees in considering the steps to be taken in their counties in the direction of grassland treatment. I have no doubt that these maps and synopses have been and are of great use to the committees, though the hon. Member will appreciate that a cropping policy must depend on many factors besides the state of the grassland.