HC Deb 05 February 1948 vol 446 cc1887-8
25. Mr. Hurd

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power if he is aware of the unsatisfactory quality of the oil now issued to poultry farmers for use in brooders and incubators; and if he will arrange for a higher grade of oil to be made available so that the hatching of eggs and rearing of chicks can be carried on without undue risk of loss.

Mr. Gaitskell

Yes, Sir, I am aware that the quality of the oil at present being supplied to poultry farmers is not entirely satisfactory. This is due to the difficulty of obtaining sufficient quantities of the special grade of oil required. The Petroleum Board have issued a circular to the poultry Press, and a number of agricultural organisations, making certain recommendations about the care and maintenance of oil burning incubator equipment which, if carefully observed, should result in satisfactory operation.

Mr. Hurd

Will the Minister consult with the oil companies to see if it is not possible to get a sufficient quantity of this high-grade oil for this particular purpose?

Mr. Gaitskell

I have already been in touch with them on the matter.