HC Deb 20 June 1940 vol 362 c242
53. Sir A. Baillie

asked the Minister of Agriculture what action he proposes to take with regard to the recommendation contained in paragraph 24 of the Sixth Report of the Select Committee on National Expenditure with regard to the need for encouraging farmers to use fertilisers produced from scientifically-treated waste material?

Mr. Hudson

I am anxious that suitable waste materials from household refuse should be utilised for fertilising purposes wherever practicable. In conjunction with the Agricultural Research Council, I am actively investigating certain processes at present in operation.

Mr. R. C. Morrison

Will the Minister bear in mind that there is a considerable amount of plant in this country available for this purpose, and that efforts have been made ever since the war began to try and get something done? Is he further aware that his Department appears to be the only Department which does not come to any decisions?

Mr. Hudson

I am aware that there are plants, but I am advised that it does not necessarily follow that their products could be used in all cases without detriment. It is most important that adequate research should be made before general consent is given for the indiscriminate use of the products from these plants.

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