HC Deb 04 December 1950 vol 482 c12
29. Mr. Dye

asked the Minister of Food whether he is in a position to make a statement on the increased slaughterhouse facilities that he hopes to provide for next year's peak production of livestock.

Mr. Webb

I hope that the two experimental slaughterhouses at Fareham and Guildford will be completed by next autumn. As I have already said, we are encouraging local authorities to build slaughterhouses at places where existing facilities are seriously are inadequate and where there seems to be a permanent need for new slaughterhouses, but I cannot at present say whether any of these will be completed in time for the next peak season.

Mr. Dye

Will the local authorities be able to proceed with these plans and the building of new slaughterhouses during next year, ready for the peak period in the autumn?

Mr. Webb

That is my hope, and if all goes well I think that will take place—in some cases.

Sir Herbert Williams

Does not the right hon. Gentleman realise that the Labour Party's policy of centralised slaughterhouses is the cause of all this trouble? [HON. MEMBERS: "No."] Certainly.

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