HC Deb 08 June 1944 vol 400 c1507
53. Mr. De la Bère

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is now in a position to amplify the last announcement of a four years' guarantee of present prices for milk and fat cattle, so as to include wheat, oats and barley, in view of the fact that cereal farmers throughout the country have spent large sums on agricultural implements which they have had to purchase out of taxed profits to meet the compulsory orders for these staple foods and are anxious to know what prospects there are for them for the future.

Mr. Hudson

No, Sir.

Mr. De la Bère

Is my right hon. Friend aware that his announcement of a four years' guarantee is only part of the picture? Is he aware of what the people who provide the machinery for growing corn have done? Ought they not to be protected in future?

Mr. Henderson Stewart

Does the Minister also recollect the very pressing just claims of the horticultural industry?