HC Deb 02 May 1944 vol 399 cc1191-2
41. Mr. McKinlay

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland is he is aware that green crops planted in gardens of householders in Dumbartonshire, in response to the appeal to dig for victory, are being destroyed by ground vermin; that the Scottish Office refuse to entertain any application for supplies of protective netting; and will he now advise such householders of alternative means of safeguarding their crops.

Mr. Johnston

I have consulted my Noble Friend the Minister of Works, who is responsible for the issue of permits to householders for the purchase of protective fencing for their gardens. The supply of suitable fencing presents great difficulty under present conditions. I am informed, however, that for the time being permits to purchase wire-netting will be issued where necessary and so far as supplies permit. Householders may also purchase small quantities of second-hand wire-netting without permits.

Mr. McKinlay

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the Ministry of Works removed the protection and that officers of his own Department, last week, refused to recommend any protective netting with which to protect these vegetables?

Mr. Johnston

If my hon. Friend can give me any particulars about officers of my own Department I will have inquiries made.