HC Deb 19 June 1930 vol 240 cc583-4
63. Mr. HURD

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he consulted the National Farmers' Union and other bodies representative of agricultural opinion as to the terms of his circular letter of 3rd June addressed to agricultural occupiers; and whether he is aware that the desired information would be more easily furnished by occupiers if the periods chosen were the normal farming years ending with Michaelmas or Lady Day?


The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. As regards the second part, all inquiries concerning livestock and livestock products must relate to a year beginning on 4th June seeing that information as to the number of livestock is obtained annually on that date. The remaining inquiries referred to in the letter relate to a year beginning about Michaelmas.


Has not the right hon. Gentleman received representations that the information asked for is almost impossible to obtain?


No, I have not.