HC Deb 08 January 1942 vol 377 cc32-3
59. Sir J. Lucas

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether special facilities are being provided and encouragement given to members of the Auxliary Fire Service and air-raid precautions services to start pig and poultry clubs; and what facilities are being given for the use of bombed sites in cities and towns for such a purpose?

Mr. Hudson

The Small Pig Keepers' Council have given much attention to the promotion of co-operative pig clubs among members of the Civil Defence Services, and have registeerd to date 50 A.F.S. clubs, 55 A.R.P. clubs and about 50 police clubs. As regards poultry, it is part of the policy of the Domestic Poultry Keepers' Council to permit co-operative undertakings to obtain an allowance of rationed feeding stuffs for not more than 50 birds in all, and the advice and guidance of the Council are available, through the medium of its Area Organisers, to Civil Defence bodies undertaking such co-operative ventures. The experience of the Small Pig Keepers' Council in particular is that local authorities generally are most helpful in providing facilities for pig keeping by members of the Civil Defence Services at their stations and on bombed sites.