HC Deb 07 March 1917 vol 91 cc395-6
117. Mr. WATT

asked the Secretary for Scotland whether he will state the reason that, in the Army Council Order issued on. the 2nd inst. under the Defence of the Realm Regulations fixing maximum prices for hay and oat-straw, the prices fixed to be paid in Scotland are less than those to be paid in England; and has this differentiation the sanction of his Department or is it making an effort for equality of treatment, in view of the facts that agricultural wages are higher in Scotland, and that agricultural rents are higher although the land is poorer?


My right hon. Friend: has asked me to reply to this question. There is no new departure in the Order quoted by my hon. Friend. It makes clear the intention of the Army Council in cases-where quantities of less than a ton are being sold.