HC Deb 10 February 1965 vol 706 c376
31. Mr. Gower

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what estimate he has now made of the increased annual costs to the farming industry in England and Wales, respectively, due to the increase of 6d. per gallon on petrol and diesel oil.

Mr. John Mackie

Separate figures for England and Wales are not available, but the estimated increase in cost in England and Wales together is about £2 million in a full year.

Mr. Gower

Does the Minister agree that this might be described as one of several elements which have led to increased costs in food production?

Mr. Mackie

Yes, it is a certain element, but not a very large one.

Mr. Ridley

Can the hon. Gentleman say whether the First Secretary wrote to the Chancellor of the Exchequer complaining about the price increase?

Mr. Mackie