HC Deb 13 March 1939 vol 345 cc30-1
51. Mr. De la Bère

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether, since Argentine offals have been sold at prices varying from£3 13s. 9d. to£3 16s. 3d. c.i.f., English ports, the Government will initiate some scheme which will enable the home farmers to purchase offals at a reasonable price, in order to assist them in their business as stock-raising farmers?

Sir R. Dorman-Smith

I am not aware of sales of Argentine wheat offals at the prices quoted by my hon. Friend. The promotion of a scheme for securing full advantage from variations in the price of offals is a matter for farmers themselves. rather than for the Government. There is of course, nothing to prevent farmers' co-operative societies engaged in the feeding stuffs trade, of which there are a number, from purchasing any available supplies of low-priced imported offals for resale to their members on favourable terms.

Mr. De la B ère

Does my right hon. Friend realise that for two years now stock-raising formers, poultry keepers and pig producers have suffered from me milling combines, that the Board of Trade are riding for a fall and that the milling combines have not played the game?

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