HC Deb 28 November 1938 vol 342 cc27-8
54. Lieut.-Colonel Heneage

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he will give a list of the brewers that are not carrying out the gentlemen's agreement to take 70 per cent. of British barley?

Mr. W. S. Morrison

I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply given to my hon. Friend the Member for South-West Norfolk (Mr. De Chair) on 14th November.

Lieut.-Colonel Heneage

Does the right hon. Gentleman not think that, in view of the serious barley situation, the names of any firms not carrying out the agreement should be published?

Mr. Morrison

My hon. and gallant Friend will appreciate that this agreement was on the part of the brewers to purchase collectively this particular amount, and I really have nothing to add to the answer to which I have referred him.

Lieut.-Colonel Heneage

If certain firms are letting their fellow firms down, should not their names be published?

Mr. Morrison

I am intending to call a conference of brewers, maltsters and growers of barley, in order to review the whole question.

Mr. McEntee

Does the right hon. Gentleman not think that if an agreement is being broken by parties to it, it cannot any longer be called a gentlemen's agreement?

Mr. Morrison

There is no evidence that the agreement has been broken.

Mr. Levy

Is not the remedy for this to put a tariff on malting barley coming into this country?