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Sheep Prices

Volume 497: debated on Wednesday 5 March 1952

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52.

asked the Minister of Food how many fat sheep and lambs were marketed in each of the four weeks beginning 4th February, 11th February, 18th February and 25th February; and if he is satisfied that the sharp variation in numbers could not have been avoided by a more gradual change in the price schedule for in-wool sheep.

Firm figures of the actual marketings of sheep and lambs in each of these weeks are not yet available, but the following figures of entries may be taken as approximately correct.

Week commencing
4th February24,600
11th February10,500
18th February83,700
25th February166,800
A more gradual change in the price schedule for in-wool sheep would probably have evened up the entries. But the schedule is settled in discussion with the Agriculture Departments and the National Farmers' Unions after each annual Price Review and I saw insufficient reason for altering the prices after they had been settled last year. As regards the future, the Price Review discussions will provide an opportunity to review the whole position.