Apart from the plan itself, three things emerged from this
section of the debate—the first, that the authority of a great consuming country in. an age of abundance is immense ; the second, that the Ministry of Agriculture is becoming a key position in any British Government ; and the third, that the die-hard group which has been howling for meat duties and nothing but duties has badly overreached itself. The Labour and Liberal Oppositions were also not without their successes during the debate. There is growing pressure from all parts of the House for some modest revival of development works, such as Housing and Land Settlement, which is probably due to the reflection that now credit has been restored it had better be used ; and this is, of course, the Opposition thesis. The success of Sir Francis Acland's very able speech on the expansion of allotments is a case in point.!!