HC Deb 27 January 1944 vol 396 c857
49. Mr. De la Bère

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he will confer with the President of the Board of Trade and his Export Group Branch with a view to assisting the breeders to expand their export of pedigree breeding stock at the earliest possible date after the conclusion of hostilities, and the desirability of having this branch of the export trade administered through his Department.

The Minister of Agriculture (Mr. R. S. Hudson)

The home market has always provided the main outlet for our pedigree stock and the restoration of our live stock industry after war-time reductions is likely to make that market of greater importance in the immediate post-war years. I do not, however, underrate the value of the export market, and this is a matter on which my Department is maintaining close touch with the Board of Trade.

Mr. De la Bère

Does not the Minister realise that the export market is more important and that it does not appear to be very much alive at the moment?