§ Mr. MOLTENO
asked the Secretary for Scotland whether all sales of hay in the South-West of Scotland have been stopped by order of the Government; whether he is aware of the hardship upon farmers who are dependant for the payment of their rents, now falling due, upon the proceeds of these sales; and whether anything can be done to meet their case?
§ Mr. FORSTER
There is no intention of stopping sales of hay in Scotland. Scottish farmers have been invited to1982W offer any hay which they may have for disposal to the forage purchasing officers before disposing of it elsewhere. The agreements for purchase can be concluded between the farmer and the purchasing officer on the spot, and advance payments can be made without delay, although the hay remains temporarily on the farmer's hands.