HC Deb 30 April 1956 vol 552 c16
21. Commander Agnew

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food where the pig progeny testing stations in England are to be situated; and when they will come into use.

Mr. Amory

The three English stations will be at Selby in Yorkshire, Corsham in Wiltshire and Letchworth in Herts. The first station at Selby should be in operation early next year and the others shortly afterwards.

Commander Agnew

Is my right hon. Friend aware that pig producers are earnestly awaiting the inauguration of these stations because of the great assistance which will be given thereby to producing a better quality of pigs and further helping in the balance of payments?

Mr. Amory

I know that pig producers are, and I assure my hon. and gallant Friend that I too am, awaiting the inauguration with no less eagerness. The stations will make a really important contribution to the long-term production of pig meat.

Mr. Bowen

Will my right hon. Friend consider setting up at least one station in Wales?

Mr. Amory

I was in Wales last week and I saw the site in Flintshire. A development of this kind will take place about 200 yards inside the boundary. I hope that the boundary will not be altered in the meantime.