HC Deb 15 February 1938 vol 331 c1687
61. Mr. Mathers

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is now in a position to make a statement of policy in relation to the poultry industry in Scotland?

Mr. Elliot

My hon. Friend will be aware of the terms of the reply given yesterday to questions on this subject by my right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries. I propose to confer as soon as practicable with producing and distributing interests in the poultry industry in Scotland to ascertain their views on the report of the Poultry Technical Committee and on the possibility of control of distributive functions.

Mr. Mathers

In view of the fact that yesterday's answer and the answer now given by the right hon. Gentleman involve a certain amount of delay, which is serious for those concerned, may I inquire when it is likely that we shall have a statement of Government policy on this matter?

Mr. Elliot

I could not say in advance until the consultations have been completed with the organisations concerned.