HC Deb 19 March 1952 vol 497 cc2317-8
46. Lieut.-Colonel Marcus Lipton

asked the Prime Minister what steps he is taking to amalgamate the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Food.

The Prime Minister

None, Sir. As the hon. and gallant Member knows, the Lord President of the Council maintains the general concert of food and agriculture policy and ensures their full coordination.

Lieut.-Colonel Lipton

Is this proposal being abandoned, because if it goes Lord Woolton will have nothing to co-ordinate except his own denials at the Election, as in the case of the food subsidies?

The Prime Minister

That is rather an elaborate rigmarole to express a discourteous sentiment.

Mr. George Chetwynd

Is the Lord President of the Council too busily engaged eating his own words uttered at the Election to have any time to spare for this matter?

The Prime Minister

It is not for me to raise the question of discourtesy to a member of another place.