§ Sir CHARLES HUNTER
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he had any official information showing that horse meat in Germany was dearer than good meat in this country?
§ The CHANCELLOR of the EXCHEQUER (Mr. Lloyd-George)
According to Returns furnished to the Board of Trade the average retail price in this 749 country of foreign frozen meat of good quality such as is largely eaten by the poorer classes, ranges from 4d. to 6d. per lb. The retail price of horseflesh in Germany varies greatly in different localities and according to cut, but the Report of the investigation conducted by the Board of Trade in 1905, shows that prices ranging from 4½d. to 6½d. per lb. or even higher were frequently paid.
§ Mr. GIBSON BOWLES
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that it has established that horse meat in Germany is dearer at any rate than beef in King's Lynn?
§ Mr. JAMES HOPE
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that in Kemitz, which is the town where horseflesh is more consumed than in any other part of Germany, the Burgomeister and the public authorities entirely repudiate the right hon. Gentleman's figures?
§ Mr. LLOYD-GEORGE
No; the hon. Gentleman is entirely wrong. He did not repudiate the figures with regard to slaughtered horseflesh in the municipal slaughter-house for consumption as food.