HC Deb 21 June 1948 vol 452 cc101-2W
83. Mr. Philips Price

asked the Minister of Food whether he is aware that in some parts of Gloucestershire surplus hay and straw is available for sale from farms, but cannot be sold because there are no licensed merchants in the locality able to truss and transport the produce for feeding on other farms or for paper-making; that no new licences have been issued for years; and whether he will consider revising the whole policy of issuing no licence except to those who have been in business before 1939.

Dr. Summerskill

New licences to buy hay and straw from growers are granted where existing approved buyers cannot adequately serve a particular area and I will look into any complaints of local difficulty which my hon. Friend may send me. My information is that in general there are enough approved buyers in Gloucestershire but that one application for a buyer's licence is being re-examined.