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Volume 480: debated on Thursday 9 November 1950

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asked the Minister of Agriculture what special action he is proposing to take to make feedingstuffs available in the coming winter, in view of the disastrous harvests experienced in West Wales and South-West England.


asked the Minister of Agriculture whether, in view of the exceptionally bad harvest both for hay and corn in the far Western Region, he will allocate additional coupons for feedingstuffs to farmers in that region.

My right hon. Friend is at present considering whether any special allocations of rationed cereal feedingstuffs for discretionary issue this winter can be made to county agricultural executive committees in the area most affected by the bad harvest. My Department are also collaborating with the hay trade in arrangements to direct hay to areas in greatest need at reasonable prices.

Will the Parliamentary Secretary's right hon. Friend ensure that in any arrangements which he makes he will not take away feedingstuffs from those farmers in other areas who have been relying upon being able to obtain the feedingstuffs to which they would otherwise be entitled?

I am sure that other areas would not want to be ungenerous, but, obviously, there must be some kind of balancing.