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Poultry Diseases

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 6th June 1957.

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Photo of Mr Frederick Willey Mr Frederick Willey , Sunderland North 12:00 am, 6th June 1957

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the estimated annual loss caused by poultry diseases.

Mr. Amory:

I regret that sufficient information is not available for a satisfactory estimate to be given.

Photo of Mr Frederick Willey Mr Frederick Willey , Sunderland North

Is the Minister aware that the estimate given by some authorities is as high as £20 million a year? In view of this, does he not think it is necessary to devote much more money and effort to research in this direction?

Mr. Amory:

I am aware of the estimate to which the hon. Gentleman has referred. As regards expenditure on research, it is not only a question of money but a question of there being a sufficient supply of qualified people willing to devote themselves to that research. I can assure him that we have not shown ourselves niggardly, and do not intend to, as to the amount of money devoted to agricultural research.