Two members have served two years or more. Four have practical experience as farmers or landowners; and two others are experienced in questions of rural land use.
Is this not really a rather small proportion of country people, if the countryside is to have confidence in the Commission? Why were such sweeping changes made, in rather doubtful circumstances even of discourtesy, if they were only to put more townsmen in and to turn out countrymen?
I can assure the hon. Gentleman that he is wrong about this. No discourtesy was intended and no discourtesy was felt over the representation. On the contrary, this is a very substantial representation on the Commission, which, of course, is smaller than it was previously.