HC Deb 27 March 1941 vol 370 cc698-9
47. Captain Shaw

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether, in view of the restriction put upon the importation of Irish store cattle, he has considered the advisability of stopping the slaughter of young calves for veal, so as to reduce as far as possible the shortage of store cattle for feeding purposes?

The Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture (Mr. T. Williams)

The reduced supplies of concentrated feeding-stuffs and the substantial decrease in the grazing area, make necessary a general reduction in the cattle population to which the reduction in imports of store cattle from Eire will contribute. Reductions will, however, also be needed in the numbers of home-bred stock, including calves kept for rearing. The rate of slaughter of veal calves is being kept under close review.