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Expansion Programme

Volume 478: debated on Monday 18 September 1950

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asked the Minister of Agriculture if he has given any guidance to the county agricultural executive committees on the contribution which British agriculture is expected to make to strengthening the nation's defences.

Yes. As recently as 7th September I addressed a personal letter on this subject to all chairmen of county agricultural executive committees, in which I stressed the greater need, in the present situation, to attain in full our programme of expansion, including the development of grassland, the achievement of a higher level of self-sufficiency and the maintenance of fertility in the soil.