HC Deb 30 March 1949 vol 463 c1224
78. Sir R. Glyn

asked the President of the Board of Trade what quantities of nitrogenous fertilisers have been exported from the United Kingdom to assist the East African groundnut scheme in the new system of crop rotation.

Mr. Bottomley (Secretary for Overseas Trade)

About 1,350 tons of sulphate of ammonia from the United Kingdom have been sent to East Africa for use in the groundnut scheme.

Sir R. Glyn

Does the Minister realise that there is a very great shortage of this product for fertilisers for use in this country and that it is essential for British agriculture?

Mr. Bottomley

There is a general shortage of which we are well aware, but we do our best to apportion it in the required quantities where it will most help our economy.