Rye Production

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th July 1952.

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Photo of Mr Eric Johnson Mr Eric Johnson , Manchester, Blackley 12:00 am, 24th July 1952

asked the Minister of Agriculture what acreage in England and Wales was sown to rye in 1939, 1951 and 1952, respectively; and what amount was harvested in 1939 and 1951.

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

The areas harvested in 1939 and 1951 were respectively 12,900 acres and 50,400 acres, yielding 8,800 tons and 45,600 tons. Further areas of rye were sown in both years for green fodder. I regret that the figures for 1952 are not yet available, but I do not expect them to be materially different from 1951.

Photo of Mr Eric Johnson Mr Eric Johnson , Manchester, Blackley

Would my right hon. Friend consider encouraging the growing of more rye on land especially suitable for growing that crop, but unsuitable for the growing of wheat, in view of its value as a bread grain, thereby saving imports?

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

Yes, Sir. As a matter of fact, discussions are proceeding between the National Farmers' Union and certain rye users with a view to increasing the production of that crop and thus, possibly, dispensing with imports.

Photo of Mr George Brown Mr George Brown , Belper

Does not that answer give point to the request which I have made several times, that the right hon. Gentleman should really get down to a proper production policy for rye?