HC Deb 19 November 1945 vol 416 c191W
Mr. J. Hudson

asked the Minister of Agriculture what was the total acreage devoted to hop culture in Britain in each of the war years; and what acreage he proposes to devote to this purpose in the coming year.

Mr. T. Williams: The hop acreage during the war years has been as follows:

1939 18,812
1940 18,592
1941 18,158
1942 18,420
1943 19,131
1944 19,603
1945 19,957

As to the last part of the Question, county war agricultural executive committees have been authorised to grant licences for new acreage up to a total cultivated area of 22,500 acres, and I hope that at least 21,000 acres will be grown in 1946.