§ 27. Mr. HUNT
asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the fact that far less wheat than usual will be grown in Germany, Austria, France, and Belgium next year, the price is most likely to be 35s. a quarter or more, he will reconsider his decision and guarantee that farmers growing wheat next year shall receive not less than 35s. a quarter for all wheat suitable for making bread; and is he aware that, although this would in all probability cost the Government little or nothing, it would be an encouragement to farmers and probably cause more than double the amount to be produced next year?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the BOARD of AGRICULTURE (Sir Harry Verney)
The Prime Minister has asked me to take this question. The answer to the first part of the question is in the negative; the second part does not therefore arise.
§ Sir H. VERNEY
Yes, but the question at issue is how much difference! The amount of difference would not be anything like as great as is estimated by the hon. Member.
§ Mr. STANIER
Is the hon. Baronet aware that farmers in general state that they would double the area of wheat if the Government would grant this concession?