§ Colonel Carver
asked the Minister of Agriculture the number of sheep owned by his Department; and whether it is proposed to market them all this year?
I assume my hon. and gallant Friend refers to the hill sheep which were kept on lands in the North of England taken over for military purposes. The object of the acquisition by my Department of some ten to eleven thousand sheep in this case was to ensure the retention of the valuable acclimatised flocks in the area, and it is not therefore proposed to dispose of them all this year.