HC Deb 09 February 1944 vol 396 c1769
53. Mr. Wootton-Davies

asked the Minister of Food whether he has yet considered the Report on the utilisation of sawdust in Canada which has been sent to him; and what action has been taken to develop food products from wood and straw in this country.

The Minister of Food (Colonel Llewellin)

A number of projects for manufacturing from wood and straw materials suitable for animal food have been carefully considered by my Department in consultation with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and the Agricultural Research Council. None has yet been found to be sufficiently promising to warrant development on an industrial scale which would make heavy calls on plant, fuel and man-power.

Mr. Wootton-Davies

Does the Minister ever read the journal issued by the Ministry of Agriculture? If he does he will find a very different tale.

Mr. MacLaren

Would the right hon. Gentleman request his right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture to cause green spectacles to be put on cows, so that they could be fed on wood shavings?