HC Deb 15 July 1946 vol 425 c866
57. Mr. S. Shephard

asked the Minister of Agriculture the production of rotary hoes in this country during the last three months; and what percentage of these implements were exported.

Mr. T. Williams

As these machines are made by only one firm, I regret that I cannot give figures of production. During the past three months 60 per cent. of the output has gone for export. Arrangements have recently been made for a major proportion of the output to go to the home market during the next few months.

Mr. Shephard

Is the Minister aware that farmers are complaining that they cannot get delivery of these machines, and will he take steps to see that their requirements are fulfilled before he deals with the export market?

Mr. Williams

As I explained, a recent decision has been taken to reserve the greater proportion of these machines for home use.