Domestic Poultry Keeping.

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture. – in the House of Commons on 6th August 1942.

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Photo of Sir John Mellor Sir John Mellor , Tamworth

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether, having regard to harvest prospects, he will consider the possibility of more favourable treatment of poultry keepers?

Mr. Hudson:

I can hold out no hope that supplies of feeding-stuffs available for distribution under the rationing scheme will be sufficient to warrant an increase in supplies for poultry keepers.

Photo of Sir John Mellor Sir John Mellor , Tamworth

Are we to assume that Whatever the harvest there can be no upward change in the one bird per person policy so far as it concerns domestic poultry keepers?

Mr. Hudson:

That is, roughly speaking, the gist of my answer.

Photo of Sir Frank Sanderson Sir Frank Sanderson , Ealing

Will the Minister not consider the slaughter of hens on a more graduated scale?

Mr. Hudson:

I have repeatedly explained that I have issued no orders for the slaughter of hens.

Photo of Mr Alexander Sloan Mr Alexander Sloan , South Ayrshire

Will the Minister not consider taking that one ration per hen away from the racehorses and giving it to poultry keepers?