HC Deb 18 March 1941 vol 370 cc16-7
33. Sir T. Moore

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he is satisfied that the maximum assistance is being given to the bee-keeping industry, in view of the potentialities of Scotland for the production of honey?

Major Lloyd George

I do not know what kind of assistance my hon. and gallant Friend has in mind, but if he could let me have any suggestions, I can promise that they will be carefully considered. My hon. and gallant Friend is no doubt aware that the Ministry of Food already makes available to bee-keepers supplies of sugar for the purpose of winter and spring feeding, and that the staffs of each of the agricultural colleges in Scotland include lecturers in bee-keeping, who, with their assistants, are available to give instruction and advice to bee-keepers throughout the country.

Sir T. Moore

Will the Minister bear in mind that bee-keeping is still regarded in many quarters as on the same level as the keeping of rabbits or white mice and that it would be well if a definite campaign were started, possibly with a subsidy, to convince people that honey is an easily assimilated and valuable food for infants and children, as well as for ordinary grown-ups? Something is definitely required to bring home to the people that honey is a valuable war-time and peace-time food.

Sir P. Harris

Will the Minister also consider whether this is the proper time to carry out such a campaign?

Mr. Kennedy

Is the Minister aware of the potentialities of heather honey?

Major Lloyd George

I have heard of heather honey.