HC Deb 01 February 1938 vol 331 cc4-5
5. Mr. Mathers

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is in a position to announce the policy of the Government in relation to the poultry industry in Scotland?

Mr. Elliot

No, Sir. The problems of the poultry industry in the country as a whole are receiving consideration from my right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries and myself, but it is not yet possible to make a statement.

Mr. Mathers

Does this mean that the reluctance to make a statement for Scotland is due to the fact that we must wait on England; and is it not possible for the right hon. Gentleman to hurry forward this matter in view of its urgency?

Mr. Elliot

It is being considered in relation to the country as a whole.

Mr. T. Johnston

Meanwhile will the right hon. Gentleman consider the advisability of sending inspectors round some of these small holdings to see what the economic position is, and whether it is possible for the small holders to make a living?

Mr. Elliot

We are constantly receiving reports on these matters.

Mr. Johnston

Would the right hon. Gentleman not consider taking special steps to examine the question of whether or not these men are capable of making a living out of the holdings?

Mr. Elliot

I think that has to be reviewed in connection with the position of the industry as a whole.