HC Deb 19 December 1945 vol 417 cc1333-4
Mr. Dye

asked the Minister of Food if he is aware that prices of turkeys and other poultry to producers are practically the same as those fixed in the early part of the war, at a level to discourage the production of such birds and, consequently, do not bring to the producers a price sufficient to over the costs of production and a fair profit; and whether he will review the whole position, with a view to encouraging a greater production and ensuring to the producer a fair price and a stable market.

Sir B. Smith

I am aware that the maximum first-hand prices of turkeys and other poultry have not been altered since October, 1941, and of the circumstances in which those prices were fixed. The adequacy of the prices, and the advisability of encouraging production by increasing them, will be examined when the annual review of agricultural prices takes place in February next.