HC Deb 11 March 1930 vol 236 cc1127-8W

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether, in view of the plight of Scottish arable farmers, the near approach of the feeing markets, and the probable effect upon the wages and employment of farm workers, he will take an early opportunity of expounding the measures which he proposes to take in order to deal with the situation?


I have already indicated in the replies which I gave on 26th November, 4th February and 6th February numerous steps which I have taken with a view to assisting the farming industry and in particular arable farming upon the lines of land drainage, co-operation and improvement of marketing. I fully appreciate the special difficulties in which arable farmers find themselves at the present time owing to the prevailing low prices for their chief products, and while I am not in a position at present to add anything to what has been said by my colleagues and myself in recent replies in the House, I am carefully examining the situation and possible means of alleviation in conjunction with the other Ministers who are concerned.