HC Deb 09 March 1949 vol 462 cc1187-8
54. Mr. Keeling

asked the Minister of Food what is the estimated dollar expenditure this year on animal feedingstuffs.

Mr. Strachey

We have so far succeeded in buying practically all our animal feedingstuffs from non-dollar sources; our only definite dollar commitment under this head is a quarter of a million pounds for whey powder for calf and chick foods.

Mr. Keeling

What about the rest of the year? Is that thought to be the only contract to be placed for the whole year?

Mr. Strachey

We shall certainly try to get the highest proportion we can of our animal feedingstuffs from non-dollar sources.

Captain Crookshank

Does the pledge of the Lord President of the Council still hold good that scarce dollars would be used for this purpose if necessary?

Mr. Strachey

Yes, Sir, if necessary. If it were impossible to get animal feedingstuffs from non-dollar sources it would be necessary to buy some, at least, from dollar sources.

Mr. De la Bère

Get it from somewhere.