HC Deb 25 July 1949 vol 467 c1788
8. Sir John Mellor

asked the Minister of Food whether he is aware that on 16th May an old age pensioner, a member of the Balsall Common Pigkeepers' Club, sold to his Department a pig weighing over 11 score, but was only paid for 6 score 19 lb.; that the auctioneers in charge of the Hampton-in-Arden Collecting Centre agreed that this was a mistake and referred the claim to the area livestock officer; and why no redress was offered for over two months.

Mr. Strachey

An additional payment was made on 20th July on the basis that this pig weighed over 11 score deadweight. I am making further inquiries on the reasons for the error in the identification of this pig and also for the regrettable delay in settling the claim for payment.

Sir J. Mellor

Is not the Minister aware that I gave notice of this Question some days ago, but yet he has not been able to give information about the unconscionable time which has elapsed?

Mr. Strachey

We have corrected the matter, but unfortunately I cannot tell the hon. Member whose responsibility it was that it took such a long time to correct the error. Perhaps I can write to him.