HC Deb 11 March 1918 vol 104 cc5-6

asked the President of the Board of Agriculture whether he is now in a position to make a statement with regard to the Government policy of pig-feeding?

The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of AGRICULTURE (Mr. Prothero)

The question of pig-keeping is in the main dependent upon the amount of concentrated feeding-stuffs available, and inquiries are being made to ascertain how that quantity can be increased by every possible means. That of prices is under discussion, and an announcement will be made very shortly. The Board have set up an organisation for the promotion of pig-keeping, of which the hon. Member for East Grinstead has consented to act as director, with a sub-committee of the National Pig-Breeders Association as his advisory committee. This organisation will work with the existing activities of the Food Production Department, with allotment societies, women's institutes, rural leagues, and other agencies for the promotion of pig-keeping amongst cottagers, and in districts where household, garden, and allotment waste can be gathered together, and again with the National Salvage Council in connection with the utilisation of domestic refuse in towns.


Will the right hon. Gentleman take into consideration the fact that a man who has been producing recently between 2 and 3 tons of pork from vegetable refuse has since then been taken for military service, and the whole of his breeding stock has been lost for the want of practical attention and the produce is lost to the country?

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