asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he will now revise his present policy concerning support by his Department to planning applications on agricultural and horticultural holdings, so as to give a clear indication of support when he considers the proposals are of benefit to the industry.
I believe that a change of policy is desirable. However this is a complex matter and my consultations are not yet complete. I share the desire of the hon. Member for an early solution.
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he is satisfied that comments and advice given by his Department to local authorities concerning planning applications on agricultural and horticultural holdings are submitted by suitably qualified officers; and if he will make a statement.
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that specialist horticulturists are expressing concern about comments coming from the Agricultural Land Service, because they feel that the most qualified officers in the specialist field are the horticultural officers of the N.A.S.? Will the hon. Gentleman give this special consideration?
I appreciate that it is very difficult for everybody to be specialists in all the details of horticulture, and we are looking at this, along with the other points mentioned by my right hon. Friend.