HC Deb 08 June 1944 vol 400 c1506
48. Mr. Price

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware that considerable difficulty has been experienced by farmers in obtaining spare parts for Massey-Harris and Allis-Chalmers tractors; that there is apparently no stock of these parts in this country at the present time and that tractors are standing idle owing to inability to repair them; and whether he is taking steps to remedy the situation.

Mr. Hudson

The hon. Member will appreciate that at the present time there are special transport difficulties which may delay delivery of spare parts. Nevertheless, my information shows that it is rare for wheeled tractors to be immobilised for more than a few days. Very substantial stocks of parts for both Massey-Harris, and Allis-Chalmers tractors are held at the main depots of each of the two firms concerned as well as by their dealers. Suitable provision has been made in our programme of imports and a steady flow of parts is reaching us from the U.S.A. I should be glad to look into any instances which the hon. Member may be able to give me provided that he furnishes full details of the parts that are required.

Mr. Price

Is the Minister aware of the serious delay in field work owing to the absence of spare parts?

Mr. Hudson

No, Sir.