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Feedingstuffs (Government Purchases)

Volume 465: debated on Tuesday 24 May 1949

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asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether he will now make use of Marshall Aid for the purchase of feedingstuffs.

There is no immediate need to use E.C.A. funds for the purchase of feedingstuffs. It will be possible for the present to maintain distribution, including the increased rations for pigs announced by my right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture on 19th May, from stocks and other non-dollar supplies. As to the future expenditure of E.C.A. funds for this purpose, I would refer the hon. Member to the relevant part of the reply which my hon. Friend the Economic Secretary gave to the hon. Member for Evesham (Mr. De la Bère) on 31st March.