HC Deb 08 March 1948 vol 448 c792
61. Mr. Collins

asked the Minister of Agriculture the numbers of communal grass driers which are now in course of erection in England and Wales; the number which it is expected will be completed by the end of May; and the total number for which plans have been approved.

Mr. T. Williams

The answer to the first and second parts of the Question is 16. Discussions are taking place on several other projects, but plans have not yet been approved.

Mr. Collins

In view of the small number of driers compared to the need, can my right hon. Friend say what steps can be taken to speed up construction and what additional priorities are required?

Mr. Williams

My hon. Friend asked only for the number of communal grass driers and the number is obviously rather on the small side. Between June, 1947, and June, 1948, we hope that 125 other grass driers will be delivered to individual farms, or to farmers acting in co-operation.