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British Beef (Government Purchases)

Volume 236: debated on Thursday 6 March 1930

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asked the Minister of Agriculture if, seeing that he has sent a letter to 50,000 housewives in the West London district urging them to buy British beef on the grounds that Empire-buying begins at home and the movement in favour of home-produced beef is growing rapidly, he will make similar recommendations to all Government Departments which purchase beef, particularly the Army and Navy?

I am afraid I can add nothing to previous statements on this subject.

In view of the fact that the right hon. Gentleman considered that this matter was of such importance that he circularised 50,000 women in London pressing them to buy British beef, is it not fair to demand that at the same time he should make representations to Government Departments which ought to set an example to the rest of the country?

The question on the Paper is quite a limited one, and I have answered it. The question as to whether recommendations have been made has already been answered more than once, and I can only refer the hon. Member to previous replies.

We have had the question asked so often that I am getting rather tired of hearing the answer.