HC Deb 05 August 1943 vol 391 cc2447-8
52. Sir John Mellor

asked the Minister of Agriculture why some Warwickshire farmers who had purchased combined harvesters, were refused permission to purchase driers also; and what drying facilities will be available to them for the 1943 harvest?

Mr. T. Williams

There are not enough driers to enable an allocation to be made to each purchaser of a combine harvester. Centralised drying facilities were expected to be available to certain Warwickshire farmers. Unavoidable delay has unfortunately occurred in the completion of the central plant, but the Ministry of Food have undertaken to make alternative arrangements for the acceptance of the milling grain from the farms concerned.

Sir J. Mellor

Can my right hon. Friend throw any light upon the muddle in regard to the instruction about the Stratford-on-Avon drying plant?

Mr. Williams

I understand that there was no muddle at all: it was a question of labour and the difficulties connected with erection. I can assure my hon. Friend that, in connection with the nine farmers whom he has in mind, steps have been taken to deal with the grain once it is harvested.