HC Deb 20 November 1968 vol 773 c1277
13. Mr. Wingfield Digby

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what evidence his department has of decreasing wheat and barley yields in the South-West; and what special steps he will take to offset the consequent loss to farmers.

Mr. John Mackie

None. Although there have been fluctuations because of bad weather the underlying trend in the South-West over the last five years has still been rising. Weather is one of the risks which the fanning industry normally has to carry.

Mr. Digby

Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware that this year has been particularly disappointing in Dorset, and this comes at a time when there is a serious threat to milk producers who represent our traditional industry? This is a very real problem to farmers in the whole of South-West England.

Mr. Mackie

I agree that the Dorset figures are slightly less than those for the rest of the area. If the hon. Member wanted the Dorset figures, he should have asked; but he asked for the South-West figures.