HC Deb 20 June 1955 vol 542 cc1026-7
41. Mr. G. R. Howard

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what progress has been made by the horticulture inquiry set up by his Department.

Mr. Amory

I understand that the Committee, which was appointed on 31st March, began work very shortly afterwards. My hon. Friend will appreciate that the task the Committee has been given is one of great scope and complexity.

Mr. Howard

Can my right hon. Friend say whether he considers that sufficient publicity has been given to the terms of reference, etc., of the Committee? Will the Committee be touring the country during its investigation? Will flowers be included? Can my right hon. Friend give any idea when the vegetable side of the problem will be considered?

Mr. Amory

I think my hon. Friend has asked me four questions. The more publicity given to this very important inquiry the better I shall be pleased. I think the appointment of the Committee has had a good deal of notice in the Press. I am glad to say that the Committee is hard at work. It issued a Press statement on 4th May which indicated the priority of tasks and I think that gives my hon. Friend the information which he requires.