HC Deb 04 March 1946 vol 420 cc4-5W
32. Mr. Peter Freeman

asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether a policy for food and agriculture has been adopted for India to meet the present crisis what are its principal objectives and methods; and to what extent it is being subsidised by the Indian or British Governments to avoid further starvation.

Mr. A. Henderson

Yes, Sir. Energetic steps in hand include ever stricter measures for the procurement of indigenous food; the extension of rationing to urban and rural areas hitherto unrationed; and a cut in the cereal ration from 16 oz. to 12 oz. a day, the encouragement of the growing of short-term crops; and the subsidising by the Government of India of schemes of irrigation, drainage and anti-erosion in order to bring additional land under food cultivation.