HC Deb 09 March 1949 vol 462 c1183
47. Mr. Nally

asked the Minister of Food what action he proposes to take to prevent former butchers whose licences to trade have been withdrawn following conviction for black-marketing offences from entering into businesses associated with the slaughter of horses and the wholesale and retail sale of horsemeat.

Mr. Strachey

I am advised that my present powers may not be fully effective for such purposes, I am considering, however, the licensing of slaughterhouses where horseflesh is produced for human consumption on the same lines as knackers' yards are already licensed.

Mr. Nally

Is my right hon. Friend aware that one of the most prominent figures, if not the most prominent figure, in the horsemeat business in Manchester and in a wide area around, is a man who was sent to gaol for four years during the war for black-market offences; that he is developing his business through nominees who are purchasing shops; and that he is closely associated with a well-known black-marketeer whom, unfortunately, we were not able to convict during the war?

Mr. W. J. Brown

Otherwise he is all right?