HC Deb 06 December 1950 vol 482 cc360-1
52. Mr. Perkins

asked the Minister of Food whether, in view of the hardship caused to the public by the decision to increase the meat content of pork sausages from 50 per cent. to 65 per cent. while at the same time cutting the supplies of manufacturing pork to 25 per cent. of quota, he will consider reverting to the previous practice of a 50 per cent. meat content and reduce the price by 2d. per lb., thus providing more food at a lower price.

The Minister of Food (Mr. Maurice Webb)

There has, in fact, been no cut in the supplies of pork for manufacturing. When I made this decision to increase the minimum meat content of pork sausages I realised, and told the House, that there was bound to be some reduction, although not as great as some people have represented, in the quantity available. But in view of the very strong demand for a better quality pork sausage I think this decision was justified[...] and the supply of beef sausages, which make up 75 per cent. of the total supply of sausages, was not, of course, affected by it.