Rental Inquiry (Form R49)

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 3rd November 1949.

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Photo of Mr Christopher York Mr Christopher York , Ripon 12:00 am, 3rd November 1949

asked the Minister of Agriculture why no advance publicity was given to the Rental Inquiry before Form R49 was distributed; and whether he is aware that many forms have been destroyed by the recipients.

Mr. T. Williams:

The recent rent inquiry on Form R49 was voluntary, and it was considered that the form was sufficiently self-explanatory. The response from those to whom the form was sent has come up to expectations.

Photo of Mr Christopher York Mr Christopher York , Ripon

Is it not desirable, when the Ministry issue any form demanding or requiring information, that they should give some advance propaganda or publicity?

Mr. Williams:

Yes: I agree with the hon. Member.

Photo of Captain Harry Crookshank Captain Harry Crookshank , Gainsborough

When the right hon. Gentleman says that the number of replies has come up to expectations, to what sort of percentage does he refer?

Mr. Williams:

Forty-seven per cent., as against our expectation of 50 per cent.