HC Deb 28 February 1940 vol 357 cc2105-6W
Captain Plugge

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether his attention has been called to the meeting of the Swanwick and District Fruit Growers' Association in Hampshire, when Government restrictions on fruit growers were discussed; and what are his intentions as to the control of certain fruit and vegetables this summer, in view of the anxiety felt in agricultural circles over the position in the coming year so far as control, transport and the supply of labour are concerned?

Sir R. Dorman-Smith

I have not received an account of the meeting to which my hon. Friend refers. I am sending him copies of the instructions issued to County War Agricultural Executive Committees in regard to changes in the acreage of fruit and vegetables in the present year. I need hardly add that the question of fruit and vegetable production in this country is kept under close review, and my Department, with the collaboration of the Ministry of Food, is in consultation with the National Farmers' Union in regard to marketing problems of perishable fruit and vegetables during the war period.

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