§ 74. Captain Heilgers
asked the Minister of Agriculture what proportion of home-produced meat and milk is dependent on imported feeding-stuffs?
§ Mr. W. S. Morrison
It is estimated that imports constitute approximately 26 per cent. (on a starch equivalent basis) of the feeding-stuffs required by the livestock population of the United Kingdom. I regret that I am unable to give a separate figure for meat and dairy animals.
§ 75. Captain Heilgers
asked the Minister of Agriculture the annual quantity of cereals and cereal by-products required for animal feeding-stuffs, and the proportion produced at home?
§ Mr. Morrison
The annual consumption of cereals and cereal by-products by animals in the United Kingdom is estimated at approximately 6,500,000 tons of starch equivalent, of which home production represents about one-third.
§ Captain Heilgers
Does not this quantity exceed the amount of flour, meat, milk, eggs, butter and cheese produced in this country for home consumption? Would it not be a great deal better if we produced more of these cereals at home?
|Statement showing the estimated quantities and values of certain foodstuffs sold off farms in England and Wales in 1913–14 and 1935–36.|
|Thousand tons.||£ million.||Thousand tons.||£ million.|
|Million gals.||Million gals.|
|* Not including deficiency payments made by the Wheat Commission.|
|† Not including payments from the Cattle Fund,|
§ 80. Colonel Ponsonby
asked the Minister of Agriculture whether any provisional instructions or questionnaire has
§ Mr. Morrison
I should require notice of that question, but I would point out that the answer that I have given excludes a very important feeding-stuff material, namely, grass.