asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that, while coupons for hedging gloves are obtainable from county agricultural committees, there is an acute shortage of the actual gloves; and if he will take steps to increase the supply.
No, Sir. My information is that supplies of hedging gloves are in general adequate. If the hon. and gallant Member will give me particulars of any local shortage, I will look into it.
Is the Minister aware that there is a shortage in certain districts, that an agricultural policy which is intended to increase livestock production necessitates the making and repair of hedges and fences, that labour for this purpose is difficult to find, and that the lack of these gloves makes it even harder to find it and particularly hard to employ unskilled men?
The manufacturers have informed us that they are not aware of any shortage, but if the hon. and gallant Member will give me particulars I will look into it.