HC Deb 12 May 1891 vol 353 c559
MR. HANBURY (Preston)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War if he can say what proportion of the meat supplied to the troops at home is homegrown meat, and how much is refrigerated or foreign; and what was the average price per pound paid for each of these kinds of meat during the last financial year?

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

At most of the large military stations beasts are delivered alive. They are bought in the home markets, but their place of origin is unknown. Very little refrigerated meat is used, and its use, where employed, is limited to the cool months. The average price of all meat at horns during 1890–91 was 5 19–20d. per lb., but I have no figures which would enable me to state the prices according to the place of origin. I can only repeat what I said on the 10th of March—that I shall always try. when a due regard for economy admits of it, to give the preference to home-grown meat of good quality.