HC Deb 08 August 1940 vol 364 cc447-8W
Sir A. Baillie

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether, taking the standard prices for wheat, barley, oats, rye, sugar-beet, milk, sheep, cattle, pigs and potatoes he will state in money terms the value of each form of assistance to the farmers?

Mr. Hudson

I assume that my hon. Friend refers to the new prices which have recently been announced. The quantities of these commodities which will be marketed during the next 12 months are uncertain; certain of the prices which will operate have not yet been determined while others are subject to review. I regret, therefore, that I am unable to form a precise estimate of the value of any assistance to the farmers that is comprised in the increased prices which will be payable, but it is substantial.