§ 13. Sir A. Meyer
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many sons succeeded to their fathers' tenancies last year; and what percentage of tenancies created last year this represents.
§ Sir A. Meyer
The Minister's reply is very disappointing. Despite his laudable attempts to ensure some kind of preferential succession of sons of tenant farmers, will he none the less reflect on the awful warning of the Labour Government's attempts to provide for security of housing tenure—attempts which have led to the largest increase in homelessness ever recorded?
§ Mr. Peart
I hope that the hon. Gentleman will study carefully the new provisions tabled by the Government—[HON. MEMBERS: "When?"] The House will be given them today. Hon. Members must be patient. The National Farmers Union feels strongly about this matter. Its propaganda in the debate on this subject showed that it was anxious that the Government should do something about the matter, and we are doing so.
§ Mr. Speaker
We want to be fair to the House. Perhaps the matter can be raised on another occasion.
§ Mr. Roderick
Will my hon. Friend accept my thanks, and I am sure the thanks of many tenant farmers, for tabling the new clauses on this important subject? This legislation has long been overdue. Will he resist the temptation to give in to Opposition Members, who totally oppose such legislation?