§ Sir R. Blair
asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he has yet assembled a headquarters staff of food production advisers to plan in advance what agriculturists should produce from now onwards, so that decisions as to home production policy need not be hurried or postponed to the last moment; or until it is seasonally too late?
§ Mr. T. Williams
A farm survey is at present being carried out with a view to ascertaining the potentialities for increased food production on every farm in the country. In the light of the information obtained as a result of this survey guidance will be given at an early date to county war agricultural executive committees as to the ploughing-up programme for the coming season. In general, it is proposed to allow considerable latitude of cropping according to the soil and circumstances of individual farms, but it will be necessary to arrange for increases in certain crops. My right hon. Friend hopes to make an announcement on this subject shortly.