HC Deb 11 December 1946 vol 431 c1146
29. Mr. Bechervaise

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if there has been a survey of the agricultural possibilities of Austria with a view to increased food production.

Mr. J. Hynd

Yes, Sir. Such a survey has been made, and the Austrian Government have prepared a cropping programme for 1946–47 which envisages an increase of some 20 per cent. in the area under cultivation.

Mr. Piratin

If the Minister is concerned with this question, will he take steps to intervene with the American authorities to prevent exports of food from the American zone?

Hon. Members

What about the Russian authorities?