Farms (Tillage Orders)

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th July 1952.

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Photo of Mr George Brown Mr George Brown , Belper 12:00 am, 24th July 1952

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is satisfied that all farms in respect of which a direction has been issued under the Tillage (Maximum Pasture Acreage) Order have been inspected this summer: and with what results.

Photo of Mr Thomas Dugdale Mr Thomas Dugdale , Richmond (Yorks)

No. Sir, I could not say, without special inquiry of all the county committees concerned, but it is my intention that these directions should be followed up

Photo of Mr George Brown Mr George Brown , Belper

What is the point of paying £5 an acre for ploughing up if the right hon. Gentleman is not even willing to find out whether the directions he has given are being carried out?

Photo of Mr Thomas Dugdale Mr Thomas Dugdale , Richmond (Yorks)

If the right hon. Gentleman will study my reply he will see that it is my intention that these directions should be followed up.

Photo of Mr George Brown Mr George Brown , Belper

How can the right hon. Gentleman say that if he has not even inspected the farms in regard to which he has issued orders?

Photo of Mr Thomas Dugdale Mr Thomas Dugdale , Richmond (Yorks)

If I may return to the charge I would say that there is at any rate a greater improvement than was carried out when the right hon. Gentleman was in office.

Photo of Mr George Brown Mr George Brown , Belper

Nothing at all has been done.

Photo of Mr Clifford Kenyon Mr Clifford Kenyon , Chorley

Is not it a fact that the farmers do not have to put in their returns for tillings this year until 31st August? How can they be exempt?