Lime Supplies.

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture. – in the House of Commons on 23rd July 1942.

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Photo of Mr Christopher York Mr Christopher York , Ripon

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether his attention has been called to the worsening situation in regard to supplies of lime; and what alternative forms of lime are available 10 farmers in the West Riding of Yorkshire?

Mr. Hudson:

The total quantity of lime supplied for agricultural purposes has been almost doubled in the past season and is still increasing. I am aware that since the announcement of the increased subsidy for summer deliveries, many producers of the more familiar types of agricultural lime have received orders in excess of what can be delivered in the immediate future. As regards the second part of the Question, I am advised that supplies of industrial by-product lime suitable for agricultural use are still avail- able for delivery in the West Riding. Farmers who are having difficulty in getting their lime orders fulfilled should, however, approach their county war agricultural executive committee as to possible alternative sources of supply.

Photo of Mr Christopher York Mr Christopher York , Ripon

Is my right hon. Friend aware that agricultural committees are finding it difficult to obtain alternative supplies?

Photo of Mr Walter Higgs Mr Walter Higgs , Birmingham West

Is my right hon. Friend aware that used calcium carbide is of some use on the land? After it has been used in factories could he not make use of it?

Mr. Hudson:

I think the supply to which I have referred in the West Riding is a by-product.