§ 81. Mr. JOWETT
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food if the Food Controller has received a communication, dated 7th February last, from Mr. H. B. Ratcliffe, of Bradford, recommending that the slaughter of young lambs born this year should not be allowed until, say, the end of July next, in order to increase the meat supply; and, having regard to the urgency of the matter, has he answered the communication, and, if so, to what effect?
§ Sir R. WINFREY
The communication referred to has been transferred from the Ministry of Food to the Board of Agriculture, and a reply will be sent to it. The subject has been carefully considered, and as lamb is, in the present scarcity of food for live stock, one of the most economical forms of meat production, it is not proposed to restrict the slaughter of lambs as suggested.