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Agricultural Dwellings

Volume 175: debated on Tuesday 3 July 1990

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) what action he takes to ensure the independence of his Department's assessment of the financial viability of proposals for agricultural workers' dwellings; and if he will make a statement;(2) what action he takes to ensure that his Department's independent advice to local authorities on proposals for agricultural dwellings is not compromised by the commercial advice given by the Agricultural Development Advisory Service; and if he will make a statement.

Local authorities receive advice on the rehousing of agricultural workers from agricultural dwellings house advisory committees—ADHACs. These consist of an independent chairman and one representative each of employers and employees. These representatives must be unconnected with the case. The role of the Agricultural Development Advisory Service is confined to the provision to ADHACs of a factual account of the agricultural enterprise in question. ADHACs are entitled to seek alternative sources of information on this point if they so wish.