§ 69. Dr. Little
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in fixing the price of flax for the ensuing season, he has considered the increased cost of production which makes it impossible to produce flax at less than from 30s. to 35s. per stone.
§ Mr. Ellis Smith
I have no reason to doubt that the price offered will be a sufficient inducement to farmers to sow a reasonable quantity of suitable land with flax. The hon. Member will, of course, appreciate the importance to the Northern Ireland linen industry that the prices of its raw material should not be unduly high.
§ Dr. Little
Will the hon. Gentleman appoint a. small committee of flax experts to inquire into the cost of the production of flax, and ascertain whether there is a deterioration in the land owing to intensive cultivation during the war which has much lowered the yield of flax per acre?