HC Deb 22 February 1917 vol 90 cc1442-3

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will appoint a Committee to act immediately in regard to our meat supplies; will he provide that such Committee shall have full power to investigate and discover the best cattle-raising lands in Queensland, New Zealand, South Africa, and Northern Nigeria, with a view of starting cattle ranches to supply our British markets and to prevent the possibility of the great American and other meat trusts from cornering our meat supplies; and if he will take such measures at once as to prevent these meat trusts from securing any more land in our Colonies for cattle raising?

The SECRETARY of STATE for the COLONIES (Mr. Long)

I have been asked to answer this question. It would not be possible to constitute a Committee, with the powers suggested, unless with the assent and co-operation of the Dominion Governments. I am, of course, fully alive to the importance of the subject, and I anticipate that it will be discussed at the approaching Conference with the representatives of the Dominions.

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