HC Deb 01 February 1951 vol 483 c129W
63. Mr. Dye

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether, in view of the spread of disease through the present system of marketing and dealing in poultry, he will take urgent steps to initiate a marketing scheme that would eliminate such dangers and be more satisfactory to both producers and consumers.

Mr. T. Williams

No. I have no power to initiate a marketing scheme. Under the provisions of the Agricultural Marketing Acts, such schemes must be initiated by the producers themselves. It should not, however, be assumed that organisation of producers under the Agricultural Marketing Acts provides the most effective means of dealing with the spread of disease in the poultry flocks.