I assume that the hon. and gallant Member is referring to the new basis for the rationing of domestic poultry, which will not be introduced until 1st October. Domestic poultry keepers will continue to draw rations on the present basis until that date. There was no avoidable delay in the issue of the announcement after the necessity for the change, which arises in turn from a deterioration in the feeding-stuns supply situation, had become evident.
The policy of the Government has been to assist through the Domestic Poultry Keepers' Council people who keep backyard poultry to get the best out of them rather than to encourage a wide extension of the movement. Advertisement of the kind indicated by the hon. and gallant Member has therefore not been undertaken.