Wages and Prices.

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture. – in the House of Commons on 12th February 1942.

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Photo of Sir Ian Fraser Sir Ian Fraser , Lonsdale

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is yet in a position to declare the new farm pro duce prices to compensate for the substantial rise in the cost of production owing to the recent wage increase and other causes?

Photo of Colonel Henry Burton Colonel Henry Burton , Sudbury

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is now in a position to make a statement as to the measures of price regulation of agricultural products to meet the Odra farming costs which have ensued upon the fixation of agricultural workers' wages and other rises in expenditure on production?

Photo of Mr Thomas Williams Mr Thomas Williams , Don Valley

My right hon. Friend regrets that he is not yet in a position to make an announcement.

Photo of Sir Ian Fraser Sir Ian Fraser , Lonsdale

Will the hon. Gentleman indicate to the War Cabinet that any hesitation on the part of the Government to implement promises to the farming community will cause very great apprehension not only this season but for the future?

Photo of Mr Thomas Williams Mr Thomas Williams , Don Valley

The hon. and gallant Gentleman must not take a friendly examination of a highly complex problem as inevitably meaning that there is a conflict betwen the Minister and the Government.

Mr. De la Bère:

Is it not a tact that the cause of the delay is the Treasury? Why do they not get on with the job?

Photo of Mr Andrew MacLaren Mr Andrew MacLaren , Stoke-on-Trent Burslem

Is there any truth in the report that there is a deadlock between the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Food over prices?