HC Deb 12 May 1947 vol 437 c1073
44. Sir Arthur Salter

asked the Minister of Food when the next review of the general world food situation may be expected.

Mr. Strachey

We shall not know the 1947–48 position until this year's Northern Hemisphere harvests are gathered. When these can be assessed, I shall issue a further review of the world food position and more particularly of prospects for 1947–48.

Sir A. Salter

Does not the Minister remember that this review was promised as a regular quarterly publication, and it is row something like 10 months since the last edition? Would it not be a good thing to resume quarterly publication?

Mr. Strachey

I must admit that the review is in arrear and should be issued, but I would not like to issue it now until we can see what the harvest situation will be. I quite agree, however, that we ought to produce one in the near future.