HC Deb 21 March 1917 vol 91 c1885
16. Colonel HOPE

asked the Secretary to the Admiralty whether there is any system in the Navy to ensure that no food refuse or swill is thrown overboard from ships in harbour and that where possible it is brought into port from ships at sea and sold for pig-feeding; and whether, in view of the difficulty the large pig-feeding industry in the vicinity of Edinburgh finds in feeding its stock under present conditions, he can arrange that facilities should be given for pig-feeders to purchase all the refuse which can by care be saved from the Fleet in the Forth?


The disposal of food refuse for feeding pigs has been in operation at certain naval establishments for some time, and the question of extending the system generally to the Fleet and naval bases, wherever practicable, has recently been under the consideration of the Admiralty. The detailed orders which are about to be issued on the subject will provide facilities for the sale locally of the refuse.