HC Deb 10 February 1965 vol 706 c371
22. Mr. Charles Morrison

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what reduction he expects there will be in the scarcity of beef.

Mr. Peart

I would refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave on 3rd February to the hon. Member for Aberdeenshire, East (Mr. WolrigeGordon).

Mr. Morrison

Is the right hon. Gentleman expecting an increase in the price of milk? Secondly, will he do his utmost to ensure that his advisory officers use every means available to advise farmers on the best ways to cut down on the very considerable proportion of calves which die before they are reared or which are unsuitable cross-breeds for beef rearing?

Mr. Peart

The whole question of increased home supplies is very important. We are—[Interruption.] As hon. Members know, the Annual Review starts today. They would not like me to go beyond that.

Mr. Manuel

Could my right hon. Friend say how many matters in his Department need decision and the introduction of legislation? Would he say whether he considers this a direct reflection on the sloth and laxity of the previous Administration?

Mr. Speaker

That is a little wide of the Question, which is about the scarcity of beef.

Mr. Deedes

In the course of the Review, will the Minister reconsider his refusal to consider carrying out trials in respect of the Sussex cattle?

Mr. Peart

That does not arise from the Question.