HC Deb 19 March 1925 vol 181 cc2490-1W

asked the Secretary of State for War what was the average price per ton of the hay and straw and of oats per cwt. supplied to the Army for the year 1924-25; and what amount of this forage came from overseas?

Captain KING

Forage is supplied under a large number of contracts made locally througout the country, and full particulars of the amounts and prices paid are not immediately available. I will, however, circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT figures which may be taken as approximately correct. Without exhaustive inquiry it would not be possible to say exactly what proportion or amount of forage came from overseas, but it is known that practically all the hay and straw is home grown.

The figures are as follow:

Period. Hay. Straw. Oats.
Cwt. Cwt. Cwt.
s. d. s. d. s. d.
1st November, 1923 to 30th April, 1924. 4 6 2 11 9 6
1st May, 1924, to 31st October, 1924. 4 9 3 9 4
1st November, 1924, to 30th April, 1925. 4 1 3 2 11 0