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Agriculture

Volume 466: debated on Thursday 23 June 1949

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Land (Nationalisation)

47.

asked the Minister of Agriculture what demands he has received from bodies representative of agricultural interests that the land should be nationalised in accordance with long-standing promises; and what detailed consideration he has given to this question.

Is the Minister aware that his recent statement that in the unlikely event of the Socialist Party winning the next Election they will not proceed with the nationalisation of land, has given great satisfaction to all sections of the rural community?

Eggs (Winter Prices)

48.

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he will consider introducing at an earlier date than usual the winter price for eggs so as to off-set, in some measure, the burden falling upon egg-producers through the recent sharp rise in the cost of poultry feed.

I would refer the noble Lord to the answer I gave on 11th April last to the hon. Member for Evesham (Mr. De la Bère) in which I pointed out that when the price for eggs for the year 1949–50 was fixed full account was taken of all relevant factors, including recent increases in the prices of feedingstuffs.

Could the right hon. Gentleman give any indication when the winter price will, in fact, come into force?

I am afraid it will be doubtful wisdom to do so, because people would only hold back the eggs until the higher prices come along.

Horses

51.

asked the Minister of Agriculture how many working farm-horses are employed in agricultural work today; and what was the corresponding figure in 1939.

The number of horses used for agricultural purposes, including mares kept for breeding, as returned by occupiers of more than one acre of agricultural land in England and Wales was: 384,000 in June, 1948, compared with 549,000 in June, 1939.