HC Deb 15 December 1948 vol 459 cc1211-2
50. Mr. Peter Freeman

asked the Minister of Food whether he is aware of the unsatisfactory position and unsuitability of the present slaughterhouse in Newport; whether it is his intention to erect a new one; and if he will consider occupying a site beyond normal public habitations such as at the docks.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food (Dr. Edith Summer-skill)

I know that the local authority's slaughterhouse at Newport, Monmouthshire, is old and is situated in a built-up area. The premises are, however, adequate for their purpose and are not so unsatisfactory as to warrant urgent rebuilding on another site.

Mr. Freeman

Is it not a fact that, being in the centre of the town, the stench causes great annoyance and inconvenience to all surrounding houses? Will my right hon. Friend take steps to get another building at the earliest possible moment?

Dr. Summerskill

We recognise that many of these slaughterhouses need new buildings but my hon. Friend knows, because a permit was given for another building, that building material is so limited that we cannot sanction new buildings unless they prove to be necessary.