HC Deb 10 December 1945 vol 417 cc167-8W
Major J. Morrison

asked the Minister of Agriculture if he is aware that ex- Servicemen, while encouraged to go into farming, are not allowed rations for poultry or pigs unless their particular farm or smallholding received a ration in 1939; and what steps he intends to take to remedy this hardship as well as to increase production.

Brigadier Medlicott

asked the Minister of Agriculture if he is aware of the hardship caused to demobilised Servicemen who wish to keep pigs or poultry, but who are debarred unless they were keeping pigs or poultry in 1939; and will he make some concession in this matter, particularly in the case of released Regular soldiers, sailors and airmen and former prisoners of war.

Mr. T. Williams

I regret that owing to the present shortage of feeding stuffs it is not possible to provide rations for ex-Servicemen, or others, who wish to start pig or poultry production on holdings where such stock were not kept before the war. Ex-Servicemen are strongly advised not to go in for pigs or poultry keeping as a sole means of livelihood, but those who were in the business before joining up are eligible for rations on the same scale as they would be receiving had they remained on their holdings.