HC Deb 12 April 1937 vol 322 cc606-7
40. Brigadier-General Clifton Brown

asked the Minister of Agriculture what was the average price per live hundredweight for fat cattle during last week; and how does this price compare with the corresponding week last year?

Mr. W. S. Morrison

The average price of first and second quality fat cattle at representative markets in England and Wales in the week ended 7th April was 40s. 2d. per live cwt., compared with 35s. 9d. in the corresponding week of; 1936, an increase of 4s. 5d. per cwt.

Mr. T. Williams

Can the right hon. Gentleman say at what price fat cattle will be sold when the Government feel disposed to withdraw the existing subsidy?

Mr. Morrison

The Bill embodying the subsidy is not yet law.

Mr. Williams

As a subsidy is now being paid, have the Government fixed upon any figure which they will regard as a standard figure at which the subsidy will no longer be required?

Mr. Morrison

As I have frequently stated, the subsidy arrangements will be reviewed from time to time in the light of the marketing situation.

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