§ 49. Mr. Vernon Bartlett
asked the Minister of Agriculture what steps are being taken to improve the supply of tractor tyres and agricultural equipment, which are essential if the production of food is to be substantially increased.
§ 50. Mr. J. H. Hare
asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware that there is an acute shortage of tractor tyres; and what steps he is taking to make these available in greater quantities.
§ 56. Mr. Medlicott
asked the Minister of Agriculture if he is aware that the shortage of heavy tyres for farm tractors and for lorries continues in the County of Norfolk; and what steps are being taken to overcome this shortage at an early date.
64. Mr. E. P. Smith
asked the Minister of Agriculture if he is aware that agricultural production is being held up in many areas owing to the shortage of tractor tyres; and what he is doing to increase the supply to the farming community.
§ Mr. G. Brown
The production of tractor and lorry tyres is steadily improving, and I hope that sufficient supplies for all needs will be available soon. My Department is in constant touch with the Board of Trade and the tyre manufacturers on the matter. Available supplies both of tractor and lorry tyres are being evenly distributed. With regard to supplies of agricultural equipment I would refer the hon. Member for Bridgwater (Mr. Bartlett) to the reply that my right hon. Friend gave to the hon. and gallant Member for the Isle of Ely (Major Legge-Bourke) and the hon. Member for Hertford (Mr. Walker-Smith) on 27th October.
§ Mr. Bartlett
Would my hon. Friend bring the suggestion to his right hon. colleague, as tactfully as he can, that there is a growing feeling among the farming community that the Minister is much too gentle in dealing with these matters? Will he take an intensive course in roaring like a lion, so that his colleagues in the Cabinet take some notice?
Mr. E. P. Smith
Mr. Speaker, I have an identical Question, No. 114 on the Order Paper. The Minister has not answered my Question. Does that mean that he would have given a different answer had that Question been reached.
I must apologise to you and the Minister, Mr. Speaker. I find that my Question was No. 64.
§ Mr. Speaker
If I remember rightly, I looked at Question No. 114 and could not see the connection. I think Question No. 64 was answered by the Minister.