HC Deb 04 February 1942 vol 377 c1187
57. Mr. Snadden

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he is aware that farmers in Scotland are finding it impossible to dispose of their feeding oats; that storage accommodation is overflowing with this commodity; and what steps he proposes to take to meet the position?

Major Lloyd George

I am aware of the difficulty which is being experienced in certain areas in Scotland in disposing of feeding oats, and steps have already been taken to relieve the position. A considerable quantity of Scottish feeding oats purchased by the Ministry is being moved to localities where they are required for consumption or where storage accommodation is available. I would remind my hon. Friend that increased prices have been provided for growers who are able and willing to hold their oats in stack until March or later, and that large quantities will then be required to provide adequate supplies of milling oats for oatmeal and of feeding oats for horses during the summer months.

Mr. Snadden

Are not the steps to which the right hon. and gallant Gentleman refers applicable only to milling oats, and is he expecting farmers to get milling oats with coupons which they have not got?

Major Lloyd George

I will look into that.