HC Deb 08 May 1940 vol 360 cc1229-30
56. Mr. Leach

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether, in view of the stoppage of Danish supplies of eggs, he is now in a position to issue an increase of foodstuffs to poultry farmers?

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food (Mr. Lennox-Boyd)

A special issue of cut wheat for the rearing of chickens has already been made and is operating over the four months, April to July. In view of the supply position of feeding-stuffs I can hold out no prospect of a further special issue in the immediate future.

Mr. Leach

When does the Minister expect to see an improvement in this respect?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I am afraid that an improvement is very unlikely.

Mr. John Morgan

When the Minister says "special," does he mean over and above the normal supply which has been allocated?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

Yes, Sir.

Mr. W. Roberts

Can the Minister say when any definite statement will be made as to when further feeding-stuffs are likely to be available?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I hope at an early date.

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