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Baling Wire

Volume 436: debated on Monday 28 April 1947

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asked the Minister of Supply what increases in the supplies of wire for baling hay and straw have been arranged this year as compared with last year; and how much of the additional supply is being imported.

About 10,000 tons, including imports of 500 tons, were available in 1946. It was hoped to increase this to about 13,000 tons this year, including imports of some 2,000 tons, but fuel difficulties may make it impossible to reach this target.

Will the Minister do his utmost to get an increase, because it is really vital that farmers should have this extra wire?

Is the Minister aware that it is said that there are some supplies in the country, and that the farmers who want this wire very urgently for baling hay and straw cannot get permits to buy it?

I do not think that that is so. Everything is done to get it to the farmers.