§ 14. Mr. DIXON
asked the President of the Board of Trade if any feeding-stuff for cattle or millers' offals or meals are still being exported to foreign countries and, if so, to which; and if, considering the price of meat and the price British farmers are having to pay for food-stuffs, he will withdraw the Board of Trade permits?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the BOARD of AGRICULTURE (Mr. Acland)
Practically no licences for the export of milling offals have been passed by the Board since October. Applications for licences to export other kinds of feeding-stuffs are very carefully considered in each case and no general permits are given. Limited quantities of those kinds which are in most plentiful supply in this country are, allowed to Allies and British possessions, and, under special arrangements, to certain neutral countries from whence we receive large supplies of food products. The interests of British farmers are borne steadily in view, but it is not possible to exclude from consideration other national interests. The high price of meat cannot be attributed to the price of feeding-stuffs, which has indeed, compared to the price of meat, remained fairly steady.