Agricultural Holdings

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 29th November 1967.

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Photo of Mr Richard Body Mr Richard Body , Holland with Boston 12:00 am, 29th November 1967

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many agricultural holdings are owned or administered by his Department; and how many of them have been separately visited by him in the last 12 months.

Photo of Mr Thomas Peart Mr Thomas Peart , Workington

1,365 agricultural holdings are in my possession or administered by my Department. This includes 805 smallholdings managed by the L.S.A. on my behalf. I visited a number of the holdings on one of my estates last winter and my senior professional officers frequently visit Ministry properties on my behalf.

Photo of Mr Richard Body Mr Richard Body , Holland with Boston

Is the Minister aware that that Answer is even worse than I expected? Does he realise that there are 271 agricultural holdings in the County of Holland and that he has still not visited any of them?

Photo of Mr Thomas Peart Mr Thomas Peart , Workington

I cannot see every holding in the country. I spend as much time as possible every weekend, travelling about the country and speaking to the farmers. I cannot do any more than I am doing.