§ 39. Mr. Donner
asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he can state the decrease in the number of breeding sows during 1937; and how this figure compares with the number of breeding sows in 1936 and 1935, respectively?
§ Mr. W. S. Morrison
Compared with 1936, the number of breeding sows (including gilts in pig) on agricultural holdings in England and Wales on 4th June, 1937, showed a decrease of 28,244 or 5.8 per cent. The decrease between 1935 and 1936 amounted to 10,888 or 2.2 per cent.
May I take it, in view of these rather serious figures, that the Minister is now considering extending the quota for imported bacon?
§ Mr. Morrison
That depends on a variety of other circumstances—and upon the price of feeding stuffs as much as upon anything else.