HC Deb 19 October 1944 vol 403 cc2533-4
49. Sir Douglas

Hacking asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he will make the necessary arrangements so that prospective domestic poultry keepers may receive their balancer meal ration cards before and not after the purchase of their stock of poultry.

Mr. T. Williams

I appreciate that the application form for balancer meal completed by a prospective domestic poultry keeper assumes that the poultry have previously been acquired. Although no practical difficulty appears to have resulted in the past two years, steps are being taken to provide for the issue of ration cards even though applicants may not have obtained their poultry at the date of application, provided they are prepared to surrender shell egg registrations.

50. Sir D. Hacking

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he will arrange that domestic poultry keepers moving from one part of the country to another may transfer their balancer meal ration card without interruption.

Mr. T. Williams

Facilities already exist by which the domestic poultry keeper transferring to another part of the country may obtain supplies of balancer meal without undue delay, and I am not aware that any difficulty has arisen.