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Policy

Volume 236: debated on Monday 10 March 1930

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asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he has considered the resolutions from the Berkshire and other county councils urging the leaders of all political parties to co-operate in framing a national policy for agriculture capable of immediate application; and whether, in the meantime, he will consider putting into operation some of the recent recommendations of the Council of Agriculture for England?

The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative, but I would refer the hon. and gallant Member to the reply on this subject which I gave to the hon. Member for Eye (Mr. Granville) on the 28th November. In reply to the last part of the question the recommendations of the Council of Agriculture are always carefully considered with a view to such action as is practicable.

Seeing that important bodies like the county councils are agreed that something must be done for agriculture, will the right hon. Gentleman consider the recommendations of the Council of Agriculture for England and see whether anything can be done?

We are doing what we can, but I will send the hon. and gallant Member a copy of the last recommendations, and he will see for himself.