HC Deb 01 March 1920 vol 126 cc26-7
62. Brigadier-General COLVIN

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Agriculture whether, in view of the future scarcity of live stock, he will restict the slaughter of young stock in this country: and whether steps will be taken to ensure the growing of sufficient corn to meet the nation's requirements in 1921?


The Ministry are in constant communication with the Ministry of Food as to the slaughter of young stock, but in view of the comparative failure of the various orders that have been made with the object of restricting slaughter, it is considered undesirable to make any further order of the kind at present. It is hoped that the situation will right itself when meat is decontrolled, but if not the matter will be further considered. With regard to the second part of the question, I would refer my hon. and gallant Friend to the recent announcement of the Government's policy with prices of home-grown wheat which it is hoped will have the effect of stimulating production to a considerable extent.


Arising out of the reply to the second part of the question, and in view of the importance of the question, and that doubt may not exist as to whether the Government policy announced here to-day will have the desired effect, will the hon. and gallant Gentleman ask the Prime Minister whether he will give an early opportunity for a discussion of this question?


So far as I know, there is to be a discussion on Wednesday night. No doubt the question will be raised.