HC Deb 29 January 1934 vol 285 cc11-4
15. Sir P. HURD

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he can yet make a statement as to the effect of Government policy upon the prices of fat stock?

18. Mr. ALBERY

asked the Minister of Agriculture if he will make a statement concerning the result so far of his recent order limiting the imports of beef and fat cattle?


The average prices per live cwt. of first and second quality fat cattle in England and Wales in the four weeks ended 24th January, have been steady at about 38s. 6d. The average prices in the corresponding period of last year were slightly higher, ranging from 39s. 1d. to 39s. 10d., but my hon. Friends will appreciate that the full effect of the steps recently taken with a view to im- proving the situation in the live-stock industry is hardly likely to be felt at this early stage.


Has my right hon. Friend in his own mind any period within which the effect should be felt?


The figures suggest that the market for fat cattle is, if anything, hardening, whereas at this time last year prices were sliding downwards.