HC Deb 29 June 1927 vol 208 cc401-2

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what sums of money have been used by the Empire Marketing Board to advertise and sell the home-grown products of the British farmer?

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

No special allocation of the sums devoted by the Empire Marketing Board to advertising is made between the different parts of the Empire, but the policy of the Board's advertising is to encourage the public to ask first for the produce of their own country and next for the produce of the oversea parts of the Empire.


May I ask whether, in the depressing conditions of agriculture at the present time, some of this money could not usefully be allocated to helping our own farmers?


This is money given in pursuance of a pledge, specifically in lieu of certain preferences which would have benefited the Dominions, but, by agreement with the other Governments of the Empire, the money is largely used for the help of agriculture.


Has it come under the view of the Government that owing to the lack of transport and other conditions obtaining in the North of Scotland, practically the whole of the produce there is being lost?