HC Deb 04 December 1952 vol 508 cc1740-1
28. Mr. Hurd

asked the Minister of Agriculture if, so as to ensure that more pullets are reared and egg production increased next autumn, he will arrange for poultry farmers to draw increased rations of good quality chick mash from January onwards.

Sir T. Dugdale

I fear that increased poultry rations could at present be given only at the expense of other kinds of livestock, but I will certainly look into this suggestion.

Mr. Hurd

Will my right hon. Friend make an announcement, if it can be a favourable one, before the New Year, so that hatcheries and small poultry producers will know that they can get extra food of the right kind in time for the rearing season next spring?

Sir T. Dugdale

I will certainly let my decision on this matter be known at the earliest possible moment, and before the New Year.

Lieut.-Colonel Lipton

Does that answer mean that the right hon. Gentleman will rely on the importation of foreign eggs in order to build up a reserve stock for next autumn?

Sir T. Dugdale

It means nothing of the kind. My answer means exactly what it says.

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