asked the Secretary of State for War the reasons for the recent changes in policy in respect of land held by, and farmed on behalf of, his Department.
My hon. Friend is no doubt referring to the decision to wind up the Army Agricultural Scheme. This scheme was introduced during the last war when large areas of cultivable land were occupied by the Army. This is no longer the case and it is, therefore, thought best that such land as remains should be leased to farmers.
Can the right hon. Gentleman give an assurance that this will not lead to any diminution in agricultural production in these areas?
Yes, Sir, I think the reverse will be the effect.