§ 20. Mr. PERKINS
asked the Minister of Agriculture whether it is the intention of the Government to continue the wheat quota after 1935?
§ Mr. ELLIOT
The Wheat Act, 1932, provides that not later than 1st March, 1935, the Minister shall appoint a committee to review the standard price. If that committee makes a recommendation that the standard price shall be altered, the Minister may by the procedure of a Provisional Order revise the price with effect from 1st August, 1935. There was, however, no expressed intention of Parliament when the Wheat Act was passed, nor is there any intention on the part of the Government, to limit the operation of that Act to the period ending 1935.
§ Mr. PERKINS
Do I understand that it is the intention of the Government to continue the principle, if not the exact form, of the Wheat Act after 1935; if so, is my right hon. Friend aware that there is a completely erroneous impression circulating among the farming community 786 that this Act will come to an end next year, and will he take immediate steps to correct this false impression?
§ Mr. ELLIOT
My answer to the hon. Gentleman's question shows that there is no intention on the part of the Government to limit the operation of the Act, which is the point that my hon. Friend has in mind.
§ Lieut.- Colonel ACLAND - TROYTE
Will my right hon. Friend consider extending the acreage allowed to qualify for the deficiency payment?