§ 25. Mr. CHARLES BATHURST
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he is aware that several recent decisions of the Development Commissioners have been regarded by practical agriculturists and their various organisations throughout the country with disfavour; and whether, seeing that there is only one practical agriculturist at present on the Commission and that he, although possessing valuable experience in respect of small holdings and agricultural co-operation in Wales, professes no practical knowledge of extensive farming in other parts of Great Britain, he will consider the advisability, as most applications for Grants are in respect of agricultural development, of strengthening the Commission by the addition thereto of at least two practical agriculturists of wide knowledge and experience?
§ Mr. LLOYD GEORGE
I am not aware to what decisions of the Development Commissioners the hon. Member refers in the first part of his question. As regards the second part, I cannot agree that the Commission includes only one member with a practical knowledge of agriculture, but I will consider the hon. Member's suggestion.
§ Mr. C. BATHURST
Will the right hon. Gentleman be prepared to receive a deputation from the Central Chamber of Agriculture, which feels very strongly on the subject?