War Executive Committees

Oral Answers to Questions — Resettlement (Training Allowances) – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 14th June 1945.

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Mr. De la Bère:

asked the Minister of Agriculture (1) whether, now that the war in Europe is ended, he will make provision for a right of appeal to the courts of law by an individual against decisions of the county war agricultural executive committees;

(2) whether he will consider reconstituting the county war agricultural executive committees now that the war in Europe is over; and whether, in order to secure well-informed local committees, the members will be appointed from fanners, land owners, agricultural workers and land agents, after consultation with the local union or association representing these agricultural bodies.

Mr. Scott:

The whole question of the future constitution, functions and powers of county war agricultural executive committees is under consideration.

Mr. De la Bère:

Does not my hon. Friend appreciate that there should be a right of appeal, in times of peace, from the war agricultural committee? It is unconstitutional when there is no right of appeal. That is of vital importance.

Mr. Scott:

Full consultation will have to take place with all interested national bodies, and that and many other points will be considered.

Mr. De la Bère:

Should I be returned in August, I shall have another go at this.

Photo of Sir Herbert Holdsworth Sir Herbert Holdsworth , Bradford South

Is this not a question, not of war agricultural committees, but of restoring personal liberty?