HC Deb 31 July 1941 vol 373 cc1534-5
55. Mr. De la Beère

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether, in view of the importance and size of the poultry industry throughout the country, steps can be taken to ensure that the industry is represented on the county war agricultural committees in all those areas where poultry breeding is carried out on an extensive scale?

Mr. Hudson

The persons appointed as members of county war agricultural executive committees have been selected on grounds of general suitability for exercising the powers delegated to them under the Defence Regulations for increasing home food production, and no justification exists for appointing representatives of particular sections of the agricultural industry as such. I am satisfied that the interests of poultry keepers are adequately safeguarded under the existing arrangements.

Mr. De la Beère

Is the right hon. Gentleman not aware that the poultry industry has not been adequately represented and is far worse treated than any section of the farming industry?

Viscountess Astor

Is it not true that hens are as important as roosters?

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