HC Deb 19 December 1938 vol 342 cc2474-5
70. Sir A. Baillie

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether, in view of recent experience in connection with the Milk Bill, he will ensure that before the Poultry Industry Bill is introduced all the appropriate interests are consulted and that their general approval for the proposals is obtained as far as possible?

Mr. W. S. Morrison

Consultations with representatives of organisations of producers and distributors took place before and during the framing of the policy for the poultry industry announced in my statement of 11th July last, to which the Government hope to give effect in the proposed Poultry Industry Bill. It has always been the intention, however, that further consultations should take place in connection with the preparation of the Bill.

Sir A. Baillie

Can my right hon. Friend tell the House the approximate date on which he proposes to present the Bill?

Mr. Morrison

As soon as possible, but I cannot give a date now.

Mr. De la Bère

Will it be a comprehensive Measure? Does he realise the futility of the short-sighted, makeshift Measures we have had.

Mr. Morgan

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that he gave me a similar reply a few days ago, and that, arising out of it a representative of the National Poultry Council—an important gentleman—visited the Minister and protested against the nature of his reply to me?

Mr. Morrison

I am unaware of these circumstances. Perhaps the hon. Member will be good enough to give me chapter and verse for them.

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