§ Mr. Nugent
Total supplies of carcase meat in 1956 are now estimated at about 2.2 million tons as compared with 20 million tons before the war. It is impossible to forecast future supplies precisely, but we expect in 1957 a further increase in home production which is now about 25 per cent. above pre-war and we 1610 think there may be some increase in imports of beef from Argentina, which are now about 30 per cent. below pre-war.
§ Mr. Hurd
In thanking my hon. Friend for that reply, which, I am sure, will be reassuring to the public at large, may I ask whether he could explore the possibility of getting shippers to this country to give advance information of quantities that they are likely to send here, even if they do so only two or three months ahead, so that we do not run into the kind of difficulties that were encountered this summer with extra shipments of Argentine beef, which came on to the market unexpectedly to the Government and to farmers?