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Government Policy

Volume 413: debated on Thursday 23 August 1945

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50 and 52.

asked the Minister of Agriculture (1) whether, without prejudice to the formulation of a long-term agricultural policy, he will formulate a short-term emergency policy for agriculture designed to provide labour and stimulate the production of essential foods in the immediate future from the farms of this country;

(2) whether he wall give an assurance that the Government's long-term policy for agriculture will be made known to the House before the end of this year.

I have nothing to add at present to the statement on the Government's agricultural policy in the Gracious Speech from the Throne.

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware, in view of that answer, that in regard to agriculture the present Government do not appear to be a prototype of progress? The right hon. Gentleman knows it is true, does not like it, and cannot think of a suitable answer.

Might I commend to my hon. Friend the programme of the Labour Party during the last election?