HC Deb 16 October 1946 vol 427 c898
71. Mr. Oliver Poole

asked the Minister of Food when increased supplies of bird seed are likely to be available.

Dr. Summerskill

My right hon. Friend would like to increase supplies of bird seed and hopes to do so, but there are certain difficulties to be overcome and he cannot yet say when he will be able to make increased supplies available.

Mr. Poole

Is the hon. Lady aware that only a small increase is needed, and that that would make a great deal of difference to the ruling prices?

Dr. Summerskill

We feel that this is a luxury and, moreover, we do not want to prejudice the transport of cereals in favour of bird seed.

Sir Ronald Ross

Is the hon. Lady aware that the keeping of small birds is an alleviation in the lives of many people in humble circumstances, and that the present prices of bird seed are exorbitant?

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