§ 63. Lieut.-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore
asked the Minister of Food how many pigs were collected in Sussex during the 459 past six months and conveyed in lorries to Wiltshire for slaughter; what percentage were injured by fighting or otherwise in transit; and whether any arrangements are made for ensuring that they shall be transported under satisfactory conditions.
§ Mr. Webb
Nearly 20,000 during the six months ended 30th June, 1950. Detailed records are not kept of the number of these pigs that might have been injured in transit but five were found dead on arrival. I am assured that satisfactory arrangements are made for transporting them; and, of course, the hauliers concerned have to observe the provisions of the Transit of Animals Order, 1927.
§ Sir T. Moore
As it is obvious from the right hon. Gentleman's reply that there is quite unnecessary and unjustifiable suffering involved in this method of transport, cannot his advisers suggest something better?
§ Earl Winterton
As the matter affects the interests of my constituency, will the right hon. Gentleman make quite clear that this is a perfectly legal transit, in the hands of private enterprise, and that it is for the police to prosecute in cases of cruelty?
§ Sir Ralph Glyn
Will the right hon. Gentleman consider giving licences to slaughter-houses in the Home counties so as to avoid the unnecessary transit of pigs?
§ Mr. Eccles
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the factory in my constituency which deals with these pigs receives 5,000 pigs a week, and that they are treated there with the greatest consideration?