§ Mr. Drayson
asked the Minister of Agriculture if he will make an additional allotment of feedingstuffs during the winter to those areas particularly affected by bad weather during the harvest period.
§ Mr. T. Williams
I am prepared to take the effects of the bad harvest weather into account in allocating discretionary reserves of feedingstuffs among counties, but the extent to which I can do so is
Supply for Home Use of certain classes of Agricultural Machinery produced in the U.K. Machine or Implement. Monthly Average January-March, 1946 August, 1946 Number. Per cent. of Total Production. Number. Per cent. of Total Production. Tractor Ploughs … … … … 1,309 91 1,171 86 Threshers … … … … 24 42 32 49 Tractors— 3–4 Wheeled … … … … 1,587 80 1,149 65 2 Wheeled … … … … 371 70 393 61
Figures for tractor parts are not regularly supplied. It is estimated that about 90 per cent. of the tractor parts produced in the United Kingdom is retained for home use.
The Board of Trade advises that, apart from the tyres fitted to new agricultural tractors, the proportion of loose tyres for agricultural tractors available to the home market in January, 1946, represented approximately 97½ per cent. of the current production as compared with 97 per cent. in July, 1946. Figures for August are not yet available.