Cereal and Root Crops, Germany.

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture. – in the House of Commons on 12th March 1923.

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Photo of Mr John Simpson Mr John Simpson , Taunton

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asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he has any information as to the areas and yields of cereal and root crops in Germany in the years 1920, 1021, and 1922, respectively?

Photo of Mr Robert Sanders Mr Robert Sanders , Bridgwater

As the reply to the question takes the form of a lengthy statistical statement, I propose, with the concurrence of the House, to circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

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markets at 17s. per ton; and if he will now take some practical steps to guarantee the farmer an adequate return for his potato crops, in order that he may pay a living wage to farm labourers employed on such crops?

Photo of Mr Robert Sanders Mr Robert Sanders , Bridgwater

I am aware that potatoes are fetching very low prices. With regard to the second part of the question, I do not know of any action that can usefully be taken by the Government In the matter, but I shall be glad to consider any practical suggestions which my hon. and gallant Friend may have to put forward.

Photo of Mr Ernest Shepperson Mr Ernest Shepperson , Leominster

Since these prices —prices far below the cost of production—are largely due to the excessive railway rates, has the Ministry of Agriculture any power to cause a reduction in the rates for agricultural produce?

Photo of Mr Robert Nichol Mr Robert Nichol , Renfrewshire Eastern

In giving any guarantees, will the condition be made that a minimum wage is paid to agricultural labourers?