HC Deb 23 November 1939 vol 353 cc1393-4
50. Sir P. Harris

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether, in view of the shortage of feeding-stuffs, he will take action to encourage the collection in towns of food-waste and scraps for feeding pigs and poultry, and, with this end in view, endeavour to obtain the cooperation of householders as well as, for collection purposes, the services of boy scout and guide organisations as well as local authorities?

Sir R. Dorman-Smith

My right hon. Friend the Minister of Supply is issuing a circular urging local authorities to arrange for the systematic collection and disposal of waste materials of all kinds, and I shall take all possible steps to support and supplement that appeal so far as it concerns waste food suitable for feeding to pigs and poultry.

Sir P. Harris

Does the Minister realise that one of the difficulties is to obtain suitable metal containers? Would he see whether it is possible to obtain some substitute, so as to facilitate this most important work?

Sir R. Dorman-Smith

I will consult my right hon. Friend about it.

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