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Wheat Commission

Volume 529: debated on Tuesday 1 June 1954

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asked the Minister of Agriculture why the Wheat Commission remains in existence, incurring expense of administration, even though it has had no effective statutory duties to perform since 31st July, 1940; and when it is intended that it should be dissolved.

When the operation of the Wheat Acts was suspended in 1940 assurances were given to the farmers that the organisation of the Commission would not be destroyed so that the Acts could readily be brought back into operation after the war. In the meantime, almost all the staff have been lent to the Ministry of Food. I do not intend to alter this arrangement until the permanent arrangements for implementing the guarantee for wheat under the Agriculture Act have been decided upon.