§ 52. Colonel Ropner
asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he intends to allow farmers freedom of choice with regard to the merchants to whom they sell their 1948 wool clip.
§ 56. Mr. Spearman
asked the Minister of Agriculture if he will give farmers freedom of choice in regard to the sale of their 1948 wool clip.
§ Mr. T. Williams
Full freedom in the choice of merchant would be inconsistent with orderly arrangements for the efficient marketing of the 1948 wool clip. A recent recommendation to the Secretary of State for Scotland and myself by the Wool Advisory Committee advocated some relaxation of present arrangements, and that is being discussed with the respective farmers' unions. I hope that an announcement on the subject will be made shortly.
§ Mr. Williams
As the hon. Member is aware, we are being advised by the Wool Advisory Committee, and their latest report is under consideration.
§ Colonel Gomme-Duncan
Does not the Minister realise that at the moment the auction arrangements in Scotland, as laid down by his Ministry, are thoroughly unsatisfactory?