§ 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 1522 that long journeys for aged animals are quite unnecessary?