Animal Feedingstuffs (Stocks)

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17th July 1952.

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Photo of Sir Ian Fraser Sir Ian Fraser , Morecambe and Lonsdale 12:00 am, 17th July 1952

asked the Minister of Agriculture if he will make a statement on the present stock position of animal feedingstuffs, and the prospects for this year's harvest; and when he anticipates that it will be possible to dispense with the present rationing restrictions.

Photo of Major Henry Spence Major Henry Spence , Aberdeenshire West

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he will now consider permitting the farm-to-farm sale of oats in view of the heavy stocks still held.

Photo of Mr Thomas Dugdale Mr Thomas Dugdale , Richmond (Yorks)

Stocks are reasonably satisfactory for the time of year, and the harvest promises well; but there are a number of unknown factors affecting the supply of feedingstuffs from overseas sources in the next 12 months. I am unable to say when it will be possible to dispense with rationing, though I am anxious to do so as soon as practicable. Meanwhile simply to allow farm-to-farm sales of oats would I am afraid be premature.

Photo of Sir Ian Fraser Sir Ian Fraser , Morecambe and Lonsdale

Will my right hon. Friend assure the House that he would like to get rationing ended?

Photo of Mr Thomas Dugdale Mr Thomas Dugdale , Richmond (Yorks)

Yes, Sir, most certainly and definitely.