HC Deb 11 March 1957 vol 566 cc790-1
35. Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will state his plans for establishing, in connection with the Tony Experimental Food Station, Aberdeen, a factory for production of dehydrated food on a commercial basis for the world export markets.

Mr. Amory

I have no such plans. Processes developed at the Ministry's Research Establishment are published and are therefore available to any firm wishing to develop them commercially. I am informed that one such firm is considering production at Aberdeen.

Mr. Hughes

Does the Minister realise that that answer shows that the Government are missing a splendid opportunity to do several useful things simultaneously—first, to provide further employment in Aberdeen; secondly, to provide for national and international emergency, as was found in the case of the Hungarian refugees; and thirdly, to increase our national food supply? In conjunction with whichever other Ministers are appropriate, will he reconsider that answer with a view to giving a constructive one?

Mr. Amory

I think it is unlikely either that I shall reconsider that answer or that I shall find myself in entire agreement with the hon. and learned Member on this matter. This is very definitely a matter which, however desirable and however economic, is not appropriate to Government action.