HC Deb 01 February 1954 vol 523 cc8-9W
Sir A. Bossom

asked the Minister of Agriculture if he will announce as early as possible the amount of wheat and barley it is desired should be planted this year so that farmers can decide which crops they should plant.

Sir T. Dugdale

As explained in the White Paper following the Annual Review 1952 (Cmd. 8556), the Government do not intend to set detailed cropping targets. I attach great importance, however, to a large tillage area and consider that the guarantees for crops of the 1954 harvest, of which details have recently been published, should secure it.