HC Deb 30 May 1960 vol 624 cc970-1
7. Mr. Willey

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how the supplies of beef, home-produced and imported, respectively, for the last 12-months period, compare with the supplies for the corresponding periods for the last three years.

Mr. John Hare

As the reply contains a number of figures, I will, with permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Mr. Willey

Since the figures will be disappointing, may I ask whether the right hon. Gentleman will give beef production a high priority in the discussions which are to take place in the next few months? I know that he is allergic to the farming Press, but will he look at the Farming Express, which had a very good article on this subject and which made some good suggestions a week or two ago?

Mr. Hare

Naturally, I read all the farming Press. I can assure the hon. Member that I think that there will be a substantial recovery in domestic beef production in the current year. I hope that the hon. Member will not be quite

'000 tons
Period Australia New Zealand Argentina Other Countries Total Home Production Total
April, 1956-March, 1957 94.4 64.1 250.4 10.9 419.8 801.0 1,220.8
April, 1957-March, 1958 116.4 43.5 272.7 8.1 440.7 805.3 1,246.0
April, 1958-March, 1959 151.5 10.4 213.4 11.4 386.7 773.2 1,159.9
April, 1959-March, 1960 82.5 6.5 229.3 28.9 347.2 711.8 1,059.0
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