HC Deb 10 March 1891 vol 351 c585
MR. GRAY (Essex, Maldon)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether there is any foundation for the report that frozen meat badly preserved, or of inferior quality, supplied to soldiers at Colchester, and other garrisons, has given considerable dissatisfaction; and whether he would consider the advisability of supplying the Army with fresh killed meat, which is obtainable in Great Britain and Ireland at from 4d. to 6d. per pound?

*THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOE WAR (Mr. E. STANHOPE,) Lincolnshire, Horncastle

No recent complaints have been received on the subject of frozen meat, and none whatever as regards frozen mutton. Frozen beef is not now issued to the Army, although some refrigerated beef is, as it enables the Authorities to issue to the troops some of the best procurable beef. But, whenever due regard to economy admits of it, I shall always try to give the preference to home-grown meat of good quality.

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