HC Deb 06 November 1929 vol 231 cc1078-9W

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware of the announced intentions of the federal farm board of the United States of America in regard to the export of wheat to this country; and whether he can make any statement as to the anticipated repercussions on British agriculture and as to the steps contemplated by the Government to deal with such repercussions?


I am not aware that the Federal Farm Board set up in the United States of America under the recent Agricultural Marketing Act, has announced any intentions as to the export of wheat to this country. With regard to the latter part of the question, I may state that under the Act the Board is invested with extremely wide powers to promote the effective merchandising of agricultural commodities in Inter-State and foreign commerce, and that until more is known of the manner in which, and the extent to which, these powers will be exercised, it is impossible to anticipate what external reactions, if any, may result.

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