HC Deb 17 February 1944 vol 397 cc343-5
48. Mr. de Rothschild

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether his attention has been called to the complaints by the farming community to the effect that, in contravention of the Fertilisers and Feeding Stuffs Act, 1926, many fertilisers now on the market do not maintain their declared figures of analysis, being particularly deficient in potash; and whether he is taking any steps to deal with this matter.

Mr. Hudson

I am looking into the matter and will communicate with my hon. Friend.

Mr. de Rothschild

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that under the Act of 1926 fines of £50 and £20 can be imposed? Will he say whether this is a sufficient deterrent at the present time?

Mr. Hudson

Yes, Sir. I had seen the proposed answer, but I was not satisfied and therefore I am looking into the matter personally and will write to my hon. Friend.

Mr. de la Bère

Surely this is not a private matter between the right hon. Gentleman and the hon. Member? All Members would like to know about it.