HC Deb 10 November 1958 vol 595 c11
15. Mr. Donnelly

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what losses are being incurred by his Department's agricultural machinery pool at Haverfordwest.

Mr. Godber

None, Sir. The service operated from Haverfordwest is fully recovering its trading costs.

Mr. Donnelly

In the circumstances, why is the Ministry terminating the service at the end of December? Is the hon. Gentleman aware that it is very useful to small farmers in the area? Is he further aware that, while contractors may be able to take up some of the slack, the need for the service remains, as is shown by the fact that it is being used and is not making a loss?

Mr. Godber

We have been considering the problem over the country as a whole, taking it county by county, and where we are satisfied that contractors and other farmers are able to deal with the problem properly, we have felt it right to withdraw these facilities, and in this case we are so satisfied.