HC Deb 31 July 1941 vol 373 c1532
50. Mr. Rhys Davies

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether his Department is aware of the increased horticultural production secured by the process of steaming the soil; and whether he is doing any thing to encourage this process?

Mr. Hudson

The Answer to the first part of the Question is in the affirmative, but it is important to realise that the treatment in question is concerned with the soil of glasshouses in relation to the tomato crop only. My Department has issued a bulletin specially on this subject. In cases where I am satisfied that the demand is sufficient and that suitable facilities are not already available, I am willing to provide, through county war agricultural executive committees, the necessary apparatus for soil sterilisation in glasshouses.