HC Deb 18 December 1952 vol 509 cc254-5W
117. Mr. Deedes

asked the Minister of Agriculture what alterations he proposes to make in the feedingstuffs ration scheme in respect of poultry, to accompany the free market in eggs next spring.

Sir T. Dugdale

Ration scales have been announced for the months January to April. Any arrangements for the following period will be considered in the light of all relevant factors and published as long as possible before the period begins.

120. Mr. Hurd

asked the Minister of Agriculture if increased rations of chick mash will be issued next spring to allow more pullets to be reared for winter egg production.

Sir T. Dugdale

I cannot now alter ration scales announced on 20th November for January to April next. But the Secretary of State for Scotland and I have arranged with the Minister of Food that supplies of national baby chick food will not be restricted as hitherto to these special chick food coupons, but will also be available from 1st January next on presentation of ordinary protein and cereal coupons. For example, poultry farmers who have delivered eggs to packing stations will be able to use their bonus coupons to draw extra supplies of chick mash if they wish.