asked the Minister of Agriculture how many International 50-foot T pick-up balers and 8-foot Massey-Harris combine harvesters have been distributed during the past 12 months; and what are the principles laid down by the county agricultural executive committees with regard to such allocation.
It is not the practice to disclose figures relating to individual suppliers. The total numbers of all types of new pick-up balers and combine harvesters, both home produced and imported, distributed in the year ended 31st March, 1949, were rather more than 1,500 and 2,000 respectively. Allocation by county agricultural executive committees is on the basis of the best interests of food production. All relevant factors are taken into account in selecting applicants, but these factors vary from county to county in accordance with differing local conditions and needs.