HC Deb 13 March 1946 vol 420 c216W
76. Mr. Barstow

asked the Minister of Food to what extent surplus grain stocks are being purchased from Ethiopia; and whether he will take steps to increase the ration of meat in this country by negotiating with the Ethiopian Government for a large-scale purchase of cattle.

Dr. Summerskill

The surplus of Ethiopian grain available for export this year is not likely to exceed the requirements of neighbouring territories. As regards the second part of the Question, difficulties of transport and a lack of refrigerating plant prevent the development of exports of cattle from Ethiopia to this country.