HC Deb 22 October 1953 vol 518 c277W
58. Mr. Dodds

asked the Minister of Agriculture what progress has been made in his programme for agricultural expansion.

Sir T. Dugdale

The first objective was to reverse the declining trend in tillage crops and the rearing of calves for beef production which was facing us in 1952. This we have done. Our target is now to increase net output to 60 per cent. above pre-war by 1956. We are already at 51 per cent. above pre-war, compared with 43 per cent. in 1950–51.