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Imports From Russia

Volume 478: debated on Monday 18 September 1950

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asked the Minister of Food if he will give an assurance that there will be a continued supply of corn and foodstuffs in the event of supplies from the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and from Russian-controlled countries being cut off.

Supplies would continue but they might not be so great, because, obviously, the field in which we purchase would be narrowed. But if the situation mentioned in the Question ever arose the Government would, naturally, use every endeavour to maintain adequate supplies of all necessary foods.

Will the right hon. Gentleman ensure that the fullest use will be made of Empire and home-produced supplies?

Is it not now desirable that the home oat crop should be guaranteed in price beyond 1952, so that increased acreages may be planned?

Can the Minister tell us what percentage of feedingstuffs is coming from Russia at present?