Only a few days to go: We’re raising £25,000 to keep TheyWorkForYou running and make sure people across the UK can hold their elected representatives to account.Donate to our crowdfunder
Mr William Snadden: Separately?
Mr William Snadden: Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the only way he will get increased production of beef in this country is to encourage—and not discourage, as has been done—production off British pastures? Will he look into the question, as meat production in winter is quite uneconomical?
Mr William Snadden: Is the Secretary of State aware that, although the figures for cattle have risen by 25 per cent. since before the war, the production of beef is still 14 per cent. less?
Mr William Snadden: The hon. Member says that Denmark has no advantage, but does he realise that only 5 per cent. of the agricultural labour in Denmark is employed labour, whereas in this country 50 per cent. is employed labour? The conditions are entirely different. They are family farms in Denmark.
Mr William Snadden: The hon. Member has quoted from the Command Paper, and has mentioned certain figures. Does he realise that the income from farming shown in the Government Command Paper published the day before yesterday is only 2.7 per cent. of the national income? Considering that 40 per cent. of the food we eat is produced by the industry, surely it is entitled to an even bigger slice of the national cake?
Mr William Snadden: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is aware that Constructional Scheme No. 25—Breadalbane Project—of the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board is likely seriously to affect large sheep stocks in Perthshire; and if he will give an assurance that before confirming this scheme the interests of food production will be fully considered.
Mr William Snadden: Is the hon. Lady aware that a large part of the land affected by this vast scheme which is to cost £15,500,000 is land that has already been rehabilitated under the Hill Farming Act passed by her own Government? Is she further aware that there is grave apprehension that because of the discharge of water from the scheme into the River Earn, serious flooding will take place over this rich...
Mr William Snadden: Is the hon. Gentleman aware that direct subsidies paid to the whole of agriculture are only £20 million?
Mr William Snadden: I want to add a word in support of what has been said, particularly with regard to Scotland. I see that the Parliamentary Secretary has just gone out of the House. [HON. MEMBERS: "No."] I beg his pardon. I hope that he will not use his debating skill in order to exploit the position. He is a very good debater but I hope he is not going to fall back upon telling us that this matter has been...
Mr William Snadden: What I am saying is that the reclaiming of land which has been broken up and spread with lime will not be reflected in the price review for a considerable number of years.
Mr William Snadden: They have not got the subsidy.
Mr William Snadden: It is being taken away because they have not put the lime on their land yet. I do not think the hon. Gentleman has followed my point. We are all agreed about the need for liming from the point of view of soil fertility and putting bone into cattle. Scotland has a very high proportion of marginal and poor land. Some 10 per cent. of our farms are marginal farms, and there is an enormous need...
Mr William Snadden: Surely we do not want to economise at the expense of people who, through no fault of their own, happen to be in particularly wet parts of the country?
Mr William Snadden: Is it not absurd to have a glut of meat from our home pastures in the middle of a meat famine? Will the hon. Gentleman not reconsider the matter of cold storage?
Mr William Snadden: asked the Minister of Food if he is aware that the recently announced differentiation of price as between shorn and unshorn sheep sent to collecting centres has caused confusion in Scotland and has affected marketing of fat sheep adversely; if he will state what is meant by shearlings; and whether hoggs, last year's lambs, are denied the extra 3d. premium if still unshorn.
Mr William Snadden: Will the hon. Gentleman see that proper publicity is given to that statement, as up to last week there was much confusion about the definition?
Mr William Snadden: Surely the hon. Gentleman is not suggesting that if these experiments were extended—I do not necessarily agree with the particular ones he has mentioned, but there are others going on as well—it would not greatly increase the number of cattle all over the country.
Mr William Snadden: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland why patients, resident in the County of Perth, have to go to Dundee Royal Infirmary for radiotherapy treatment of malignant diseases, causing great inconvenience and hardship; and if he will arrange for such treatment to be given at Perth Royal Infirmary.
Mr William Snadden: Does the right hon. Gentleman not agree that it is a very great hardship to have people going all the way to Dundee from some of the remote parts of Western Perthshire, and is it not possible to instal some apparatus in the Perth Royal Infirmary to meet these people's needs? Must they go to Dundee?
Mr William Snadden: Is the hon. Gentleman aware that there is already evidence of a very decided tendency to discourage egg production because of the recent price variations announced by the Ministry of Food? Will he say whether the Department were properly consulted before these prices were fixed, because otherwise we shall get few eggs next year?