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Fatstock Marketing Scheme

Volume 527: debated on Thursday 13 May 1954

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asked the Minister of Agriculture when copies of the Fatstock Marketing Scheme will be available from Her Majesty's Stationery Office.

Copies of the draft Fatstock Marketing Scheme in its final form will be available from Her Majesty's Stationery Office when the draft Scheme is laid before Parliament. Copies of the draft Scheme in its present form can be obtained from the promoters.

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware that the introduction of the Fatstock Marketing Scheme, gazetted on 26th March, conflicts with the Government policy of agriculture marketing as published in White Paper 8989, which states that the only practical course is to restore private trade; and whether he will state his policy in this connection.

No. As my right hon. and gallant Friend the Minister of Food has already informed the House, private trade in home-produced meat and fatstock will be restored as from the beginning of July. The White Paper to which my hon. Friend refers clearly envisaged that a producers' marketing scheme might be promoted in these circumstances and stated the Government's readiness to give every facility for a suitable scheme.

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is satisfied that the present promoters submitting the Fat-stock Marketing Scheme are substantially representative of the farmers.