§ Colonel Carver
asked the Minister of Agriculture whether, to remove adverse criticism on British cattle, he is advocating improvement in any special pedigree herds which are regarded as markedly suitable to Great Britain.
No, Sir. The adverse criticism of British cattle to which my hon. and gallant Friend refers has been directed to the standards of certain commercial herds of non-pedigree cattle, not to pedigree stock. For some time I have been advocating the use of better breeding stock, particularly bulls, as well as the adoption of a consistent breeding policy, with the object of effecting an improvement in the general standard of quality of our commercial cattle. Pedigree breeders can play an important part in promoting such an improvement by catering for a wider market than has often been the practice in the past.