HC Deb 18 July 1929 vol 230 cc666-7W

asked the Minister of Agriculture if he is aware of the existence of a considerable body of opinion in this House which desires to separate the problems of agriculture from party interest; and whether he will take steps to call together a conference of the three parties for the purpose of finding a policy of agreement for the immediate assistance of the basic industry of agriculture?


I shall be very glad indeed if the general feeling to which the hon. Member refers enables all parties in this House to approach agricultural questions in a spirit of co-operation for the good of the industry. Indeed, I expressed this hope myself in a recent Debate. With regard to the proposal in the latter part of the question, however, I would remind the hon. Member that there are fundamental differences in the policies of the three parties which a conference would be unlikely to remove. At the same time, the Government are very anxious to secure as great a common measure of agreement as possible amongst the parties concerned in agriculture.