HC Deb 11 December 1950 vol 482 cc127-8W
Mr. Baker

asked the Minister of Agriculture if he will introduce an immediate subsidy for winter beef.

Mr. T. Williams

No. I assume that the hon. Member has in mind an increase in the price paid by the Ministry of Food for winter-fattened cattle. At the Farm Price Reviews in February, 1949, and March, 1950, the difference between the prices paid for cattle marketed during the spring and early summer and those marketed during the rest of the year was increased with the object of encouraging the production of winter-fattened cattle. The prices of fat cattle will be reconsidered, together with the prices of other agricultural commodities, at the next annual review.