HC Deb 29 September 1942 vol 383 cc642-3
3. Mr. Boothby

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will consider the issue of a limited quantity of feeding-stuffs for poultry in cases where the owners are aged or infirm and it can be proved that this is their main source of livelihood?

Mr. Johnston

I have asked agricultural executive committees to report upon any cases of exceptional hardship of the kind to which my hon. Friend refers.

Mr. Boothby

Can the right hon. Gentleman hold out any hope that when he receives these reports some action may be taken in the cases of exceptional hardship?

Mr. Johnston

I do not think that I ought to be pressed on that until I see the extent to which these cases arise. As the hon. Member is aware, a general relaxation of the provision is not possible. A relaxation is already being made for blind persons.