HC Deb 13 March 1958 vol 584 c592
26. Mr. Willey

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what action has been taken under Section 23 of the Agriculture Act, 1957, about the marketing of pigs.

Mr. John Hare

The Pig Industry Development Authority was constituted on 1st October, 1957. It has not yet exercised any of those functions set out in the Third Schedule to the Agriculture Act, 1957, that have some bearing on the marketing of pigs.

Mr. Willey

In view of the fact that—as the right hon. Gentleman will be aware—his recent reply was not regarded as satisfactory amongst those to whom it was sent, would not it be a good idea to call in the advice and assistance of the Authority on this very difficult problem?

Mr. Hare

As the hon. Member knows, the Authority has only just been set up. It has an immense job to do, in progeny testing and other matters, and I think that it will be very fully employed on that work at the moment.