HC Deb 03 July 1939 vol 349 cc909-10
47. Sir Smedley Crooke

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether, in view of the fact that the Development Board is anxious to do everything possible which would contribute to an increase in the supply of pigs for bacon, he will consider the advisability of amending the terms of the 1940 pig contract to offer inducements to farmers to contract for more pigs than were offered for this year?

Sir R. Dorman-Smith

No contract for the sale of pigs to registered curers in 1940 has yet been prescribed. The determination of forms of contract is in any case primarily a matter for the Pigs Marketing Board in consultation with the Bacon Marketing Board, and I have no power to intervene.

Mr. J. Morgan

Has not the Pigs Marketing Board made representations to the right hon. Gentleman recently that they were waiting for a word from him before proceeding with the scheme?

Sir R. Dorman-Smith

That is a different question. That is a question of contracts.

Mr. Morgan

This is a question of contracts too.