HC Deb 05 July 1944 vol 401 cc1153-4
46. Commander Sir Archibald Southby

asked the Minister of Food if he will inform the House of the terms of the proposed contract with the Government of New Zealand for meat and dairy produce.

The Minister of Food (Colonel Llewellin)

I am not yet in a position to give any particulars.

Sir A. Southby

Can my right hon. and gallant Friend say how long it will be before he can answer a question on that subject?

Colonel Llewellin

No, Sir, I am afraid I cannot give any date.

Mr. Shinwell

While such an announcement will be welcomed by Members in all quarters of the House, can the Minister say whether it is to be on a reciprocal basis or whether an arrangement has been made with these Dominion Governments to take goods from us?

Colonel Llewellin

No, Sir, it will be an arrangement by which we shall get certain supplies of meat and dairy products at a certain price.

Mr. Gallacher

Will the Minister read carefully the speech made by the hon. Member for South Ayrshire (Mr. Sloan) yesterday and consider whether a contract cannot be made with Scotland for dairy produce?