HC Deb 21 November 1938 vol 341 cc1332-3
38. Mr. Henderson Stewart

asked the Minister of Agriculture the total value of food-stuffs grown at home per head of the population in 1908 and in 1937 in terms of 1908 money values?

The Minister of Agriculture (Mr. W. S. Morrison)

The values per head of the population of the agricultural output of Great Britain in 1908 and 1936–37, in terms of 1908 prices, are estimated at approximately £3.7 and £4.2 respectively.

Mr. T. Williams

Is the low figure before or after the subsidies have been added to the prices?

Mr. Morrison

I cannot say without notice.

39. Sir T. Moore

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether, in view of the fact that the imports of dairy produce, and pig and poultry products, during 1937, were valued at £117,000,000, he can state in what proportion it is anticipated that these imports will be supplied from home sources when the recent Bacon Industry Act and the new milk and poultry legislation are effectively in operation?

Mr. Morrison

I regret that I am unable to make a forecast of the nature desired by my hon. Friend. The future home production and imports of milk, pig and poultry products may be influenced by many factors which it is impossible to estimate with any pretensions to accuracy.

Major Braithwaite

Do the Government expect an increase of home production from these measures?

Mr. Morrison

Yes, Sir.