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Progeny Testing Scheme

Volume 526: debated on Thursday 29 April 1954

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asked the Minister of Agriculture what arrangements have been made to extend the progeny testing scheme in order to produce better bacon at lower cost.

I am not yet able to add to the reply I gave to the hon. Member for Gloucestershire, West (Mr. Philips Price) on 25th February and to paragraph 26 of the 1954 Annual Review White Paper.

Will the right hon. Gentleman press for the earliest and widest possible extension of progeny testing in view of the colossal waste involved in producing 13 different breeds of pigs? Denmark has only one. No one knows what the average conversion factor in this country is. We are completely in the dark, and considerably handicapped compared with Danish producers.

This problem, with others, is under urgent consideration, and I assure the House that we are getting on with it as quickly as possible.