My Labour Love Affair: *Agricultural Marketing Acts (1931 and 1933)

(See also,) *Milk Marketing Board, available on:

*Agricultural Marketing Acts (1931 and 1933):

‘The culmination of efforts by government between the wars to promote efficiency in marketing as a remedy for low prices received by farmers for their produce. Studies of the subject, both official, such as the Linlithgow committee of 1923-4, and unofficial, had concluded that farmers would better themselves if their marketing organisation was stronger and more cooperatively based. The *Agricultural Marketing Act, 1931, was the first serious attempt to give legislative support to these ideas. Under this Act producers of a commodity could propose a marketing scheme which, if approved by minister and parliament, would become compulsory for all producers. A two-thirds majority of producers in favour was needed before a scheme could be submitted for approval. The Act was not well received by farmers, who were suspicious of the Labour minister, Christopher *Addison, and the Hops Marketing Board was the only one established under this Act.

A new Agricultural Marketing Act, promoted by a new minister, Walter *Elliott, was passed in 1933. This extended the 1931 Act to grant the Board of Trade powers to restrict imports of commodities for which a marketing scheme was approved. Marketing boards for potatoes, milk and bacon pigs (yum yum) were established in the 1930’s. After suspension during the Second World War they were revived, except for the Bacon Pigs Board, and new schemes were promoted for wool, eggs, tomatoes, and cucumbers’.

From, John Ramsden, Professor of Modern History at Queen Mary, University of London.

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