Vegetables (Soil-Less Cultivation).

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture. – in the House of Commons on 19th February 1942.

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Dr. Russell Thomas:

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he has any information as to the nature and quantity of vegetables grown privately by hydro-ponic methods during 1941?

Mr. Hudson:

The vegetable crops usually selected for the application of hydro-ponic methods are tomatoes and lettuce. While I have no information as to the actual quantities of these and other vegetables grown privately by such methods in 1941, I have no reason to think that they were appreciable.

Dr. Thomas:

Will my right hon. Friend encourage this soil-less method of production among a large number of people who have backyards but no gardens, and thereby increase the vegetable production of the country?

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

There is plenty of land in the country.

Photo of Mr Tom Smith Mr Tom Smith , Normanton

Will the right hon. Gentleman consider giving wider circulation to the very excellent pamphlets on research work which has been done in connection with these methods of cultivation?

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

It is all absolutely nonsensical.