HC Deb 28 January 1947 vol 432 c756
33. Mr. Niall Macpherson

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is aware that while in 1945 Cumber land had a total of 106,269 acres under cereals and potatoes, and the purchase value of the machinery held by its A.E.C. was £84,000, the neighbouring county of Dumfries had 57,354 acres under cereals and potatoes, but the purchase value of machinery held by its A.E.C. was only 24,000; and if he will authorise the supply to the Dumfriesshire A.E.C. of potato planters, potato sorters and grain driers.

Mr. Westwood

Machinery in committees' areas is intended only as a supplement to that held by the farmers and agricultural contractors themselves, and my information is that on this basis the equipment provided in Dumfriesshire has hitherto been adequate.

Mr. Macpherson

If I could show the Minister that is not so would he be prepared to examine it?

Mr. Westwood

Certainly, Sir. I am willing to do everything to help in the development of agriculture in Scotland.