HC Deb 07 May 1936 vol 311 cc1864-5
36. Mr. PRICE

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware that, at the recent election to the Pigs Marketing Board, candidates not representative of the producers interest were elected; that the method of election to the board is unsatisfactory from the producers point of view; and whether he will consider an amendment to the scheme to give satisfaction in this respect?


The members of the Pigs Marketing Board are elected by the registered producers. The initiative as regards an amendment of the scheme rests with the board. My right hon. Friends the Secretary of State for Scotland and the Minister of Agriculture would, of course, be ready to consider any amendment duly submitted to them in accordance with the Agricultural Marketing Acts.


In view of the fact that the board, as at present constituted, is not likely to look very favourably on any amendment of the scheme, will the hon. Member consider the views of the producers in amending the scheme?


Any representations that are made will be considered, but the initiative, of course, rests with the board, and not with the Minister.