HC Deb 01 March 1934 vol 286 c1259
35. Colonel ROPNER

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in view of the evidence now available as to the possibility of using for malting purposes a more substantial proportion of British barley, he will consider the desirability of evolving a scheme which will give to British barley growers some definite assurance in this connection for future years so that they may make their plans accordingly?


I gather that my hon. and gallant Friend is referring to the increased use of British barley which has taken place as a result of the undertaking given to me by the Brewers' Society in connection with the last Budget. I doubt whether in the conditions of the brewing industry any such hard and fast scheme as my hon. Friend contemplates is practicable, but I should hope that with good will between the brewing and farming industries the maximum possible proportion of home-grown barley will be used in the brewing of all classes of beer.