§ 13. Mr. LIDDALL
asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is now in a position to make any announcement on the subject of the methods to be adopted to deal with the foreign competition in barley, particularly malting barley, which is causing so much difficulty to British agriculture?
§ The MINISTER of AGRICULTURE (Mr. Elliot)
Applications for an increase in the import duty on foreign barley are now before the Import Duties Advisory Committee, and I am, therefore, unable to make any statement on this subject.
§ Mr. LIDDALL
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that British barley growers were badly beaten last year, and that this year's harvest is about ready, and, unless something is done at once, barley growers are going to be beaten again?
§ Mr. ELLIOT
Following the ordinary practice, the application is not before me, but before the Import Duties Advisory Committee.