70. Mr. ROBINSON
asked the Minister of Pensions if the practice of bulk purchase of the meat for the patients and staff in Ministry-controlled institutions still continues; and what was the average price paid per pound for mutton and beef in the six months ending 31st December, 1926?
The arrangement referred to was terminated in October last, as it was found to be no longer economical in view of the diminished number of patients and staff to be provided for. The average prices per pound for mutton and beef in the six months ending 31st December last varied from 5d. to 10d. a pound, and from 3d to 10d. a pound respectively, according to the nature of the joint supplied.