Pig and Poultry Rations

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th September 1948.

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Photo of Lieut-Colonel Uvedale Corbett Lieut-Colonel Uvedale Corbett , Ludlow 12:00 am, 20th September 1948

asked the Minister of Agriculture how many farmers were eligible to apply for the pig and poultry rations offered to them during last August; and how many had in fact availed themselves of this offer.

Photo of Mr Thomas Williams Mr Thomas Williams , Don Valley

All farmers occupying over one acre of agricultural land in Great Britain were eligible to apply for the rations referred to, as an alternative to any pig or poultry rations they are already receiving. Over 73,000 applications were received.

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Uvedale Corbett Lieut-Colonel Uvedale Corbett , Ludlow

Can the Minister say what proportion the figure of 73,000 is of the total of those who took this opportunity of having extra rations; and is he aware that a great many farmers missed the opportunity owing to the short time allowed them in which to apply for these extra rations?

Photo of Mr Thomas Williams Mr Thomas Williams , Don Valley

I can assure the hon. and gallant Member that county agricultural executive committees are very sympathetic in dealing with these cases.

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Uvedale Corbett Lieut-Colonel Uvedale Corbett , Ludlow

Will the Minister grant a further period during which farmers who have missed the opportunity to apply for these rations may do so, as a great number failed to fill in the necessary form in time?

Photo of Mr Thomas Williams Mr Thomas Williams , Don Valley

I shall have to see exactly how many late comers there are.