Beef

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 14th April 1965.

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Photo of Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith , North Angus and Mearns 12:00 am, 14th April 1965

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is satisfied that the supply of beef-type calves is adequate to meet the demands of the market; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Mr Eustace Willis Mr Eustace Willis , Edinburgh East

The Goverment consider that a moderate expansion of home production of beef is required and the recent Annual Review settlement included various measures designed to encourage the supply of beef-type calves.

Photo of Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith , North Angus and Mearns

Is the Under-Secretary of State aware that 80 per cent. of beef calves come from dairy herds? Does he consider that the inadequate award given to milk producers in the Price Review is sufficient to ensure such supplies being forthcoming in future years?

Photo of Mr Eustace Willis Mr Eustace Willis , Edinburgh East

I think that the overall benefits given for this purpose will achieve the aim which we had in mind—which was to bring about a slight increase.

Photo of Mr James Stodart Mr James Stodart , Edinburgh West

When the Minister talks about a moderate expansion, has he realised that by 1970 there will be two million more people in this island? Has he worked out how many more beef cattle will be needed to feed them? It is far more than a modest increase.

Photo of Mr Eustace Willis Mr Eustace Willis , Edinburgh East

All these factors were taken into consideration by my two right hon. Friends.