Dumping of German Wheat.

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons on 30th October 1929.

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ADDISON:

I never suggested anything of the kind. What I said was that in trying to devise a marketing system which would give to the farmer a fairer and more secure price for what he produces, you are engaged on a highly technical and difficult business which must be dealt with carefully and after consultation with all parties concerned. That is the policy which we are now exploring, and I am glad to say that we have got farther in working out our policy in four months than hon. Members opposite, as far as I can see from the records, did in four years. We have nothing for which to apologise. We have to clean up the most frightful mess that has ever been presented by one Government to its successor, as far as I have any knowledge of Governments. Nevertheless, I recognise that running through it all we can rely upon a great measure of support in the House in any efforts we are able to make to assist the farmers. I recognised too the force of the observations that have been made from more than one quarter, and also that the position of parties in this House must to a great extent dominate the kind of proposal we can submit. I feel sure, however, that no one has less faith in the prescription contained in the Motion than the Mover and Seconder themselves, both of whom are men of great knowledge and practical experience, and from the somewhat list-less support which it has received from their own friends it is not unreasonable to ask them to let it go without going into the Division Lobby in support of it. [HON. MEMBERS: "No!"] If they propose doing so, that is entirely for them to decide, but all I can say is that it is a particularly useless prescription for the grave state of agriculture. Apart from that, however, the Debate has revealed a good will and a disposition to help which can do nothing but good.