HC Deb 11 October 1939 vol 352 cc329-30
48. Colonel Baldwin-Webb

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what will be the exact effect of the order with regard to pork upon pork-butchering shops which exist for no other purpose; and whether such shops will be able to count on supplies either from home or from foreign markets?

50. Mr. Viant

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what percentage of the production of pork he intends to allot for sale by pork butchers and the manufacture of sausages, etc.; and whether he intends that those who have hitherto been purveyors of pork must, under the rationing scheme, become purveyors of beef and mutton in addition?

Mr. W. S. Morrison

I am anxious 10 meet the reasonable requirements of pork butchers as far as circumstances permit. The arrangements for supplying pork to pork butchers have accordingly been reviewed, but before I make any statement on the subject I desire to consult representatives of the trade.

Sir Joseph Nall

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the proposal to deflect the whole supply of pigs to bacon-curing is regarded as a very bad practice?

Mr. Morrison

As I have said, the arrangements for pork butchers are now being reviewed, and I hope that some arrangement will be made to safeguard their position. Before I make a statement on the subject I should desire an opportunity to consult those who will be affected by it.

Major Milner

When does the right hon. Gentleman expect to make a statement?

Mr. Morrison

Very shortly.

Mr. Craven-Ellis

Would the right hon. Gentleman tell us how much longer he expects farmers to produce pigs at a loss?