HC Deb 21 March 1940 vol 358 cc2117-8
57. Mr. De la Bère

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether, in view of the increased shortage of animal manure on many farms owing to the recent slaughtering of livestock through lack of feeding-stuffs, he is taking steps to ensure increased production of chemical manure as an alternative to maintain the fertility of the soil?

Sir R. Dorman-Smith

I do not accept the implication of the first part of my hon. Friend's Question, but the answer to the second part of the Question is in the affirmative.

Mr. De la Bère

Surely, my right hon. and gallant Friend must have realised that he cannot annihilate the real truth by not accepting it? Is it not a fact that these animals have been slaughtered, and that adequate livestock is the absolute key to successful agriculture?

Sir R. Dorman-Smith

I am afraid I cannot always accept my hon. Friend's sweeping statements.

Mr. J. Morgan

Is it not a fact that the pig population is falling?