HC Deb 15 December 1936 vol 318 cc2289-90W
Colonel ROPNER

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether, in view of the fact that the plea which he made for the removal of quotas in his speech at Geneva on 5th October this year, in the capacity of Financial Secretary to the Treasury, has been interpreted in some quarters as indicative of a change in the Government's agricultural policy, he is prepared to make some statement to remove this misunderstanding?


My speech at Geneva was directed to the measures to be taken as a result of the readjustment of currencies which had just taken place, and the quotas to which I referred were the quotas on every description of goods that had been imposed by certain countries to defend their currencies prior to such readjustment. The quotas adopted in this country had nothing whatever to do with currency questions but were designed for the better regulation of supplies coming on to this market. The speech referred to, if the full text is consulted, does not imply that any change was then or is now contemplated in the Government's agricultural policy.