HC Deb 15 November 1939 vol 353 cc710-1
55. Mr. Macquisten

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether he is aware that there are great numbers of deer in the Highlands which the proprietors would gladly dispose of on reasonable terms; and will he arrange for their purchase and distribution, accompanied by instructions as to the proper method of cooking venison?

56. Mr. Robert Gibson

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what steps he has taken in conjunction with the Forestry Commission or otherwise, to make available as food the deer in Scotland?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

Preliminary inquiries into the possibilities of the better utilisation of the venison supplies available in Scotland are proceeding. Consideration of the problem has, however, not yet reached a stage at which I can usefully make a statement.

Mr. Macquisten

Is not the hon. Gentleman aware that unless people are shown how to cook venison—they are so out of doing it—it will be useless and as dry as a stick? Is he aware that if it is properly cooked it is a lovely food? I have eaten it many times.

Mr. R. Gibson

Will the hon. Member reply to my question?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

We are in touch with the Forestry Commission.

Mr. Macquisten

Will it help the hon. Gentleman if I supply him with a recipe for cooking venison?