§ 41. Mr. Osborne
asked the Minister of Agriculture if, in view of the decline in the membership of pig clubs and the 137W number of small pig keepers, he will consider increasing the supply and lowering the cost of pig meal.
§ Sir T. Dugdale
Although the number of pig club members and the number of domestic pig keepers in receipt of rations have been both lower during the past six months October to March than they were a year ago, the total number of pigs kept by these classes of pig keepers shows an increase of 7½ per cent. I cannot hold out any hope of increasing the rations for pigs at present, but domestic pig keepers, like other livestock producers, will benefit from the decision I announced on 24th April to hold unchanged until March, 1953, the basic release prices of feedingstuffs.