HC Deb 05 December 1949 vol 470 cc1521-2
33. Mr. Symonds

asked the Minister of Food if he is aware that a number of reject cows were sent by his Department on 18th October by rail from Gowerton, Glamorganshire, to Nottingham for slaughter; and if he will arrange in future for such aged animals to be slaughtered at the nearest slaughterhouse and the carcases despatched to the desired destination.

Dr. Summerskill

Yes, Sir; the movement took place at a time when more cows were being sent to markets in the south-western area than could be killed there. Nottingham was the nearest place where they could be dealt with; they arrived in good order and were killed on the same day. Normally we kill such animals at the nearest slaughterhouse that can deal with them quickly.

Mr. Symonds

Would my right hon. Friend agree with the general principle that long journeys for aged animals are quite unnecessary?

Dr. Summerskill

Yes, Sir.