asked the Minister of Agriculture what were the numbers of cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry when his expansion programme was started in 1947; and what they are now.
As the answer contains a number of figures I will, with permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.
Is my right hon. Friend aware that there has been a very great increase in the number of livestock since that date?
Yes, Sir, there has been a very large increase in each case.
In view of the heavy stock losses during the winter of 1946–47, could the right hon. Gentleman include a comparison with 1946 as well as a comparison with 1947, which gives rather an exaggerated view of the increase since that date?
That only applies to sheep. The 1947 figures we have given are for before that disaster.Following is the statement:
|NUMBERS OF CATTLE, SHEEP, PIGS AND POULTRY IN THE UNITED KINGDOM AT SEPTEMBER IN THE YEARS 1947 AND 1950 (a)|
|September 1947 (000||September 1950 (provisional) (000)|
|Cattle (including calves)||9,650||10,501|
|Sheep (including lambs (b)||15,795||18,518|