HC Deb 03 December 1951 vol 494 cc2017-8
71. Mr. C. N. Thornton-Kemsley

asked the Minister of Food if he is aware that top grade suckled calves are being purchased in north of Scotland store sales and taken to the north of England and there graded; and what steps he proposes to take to stop the premature slaughter of calves and heifers.

Major Lloyd George

I am aware that the sale of suckled heifer calves for slaughter has been greater this year than previously. My Department, in conjunction with the Agriculture Departments and the National Farmers' Union, are considering what can be done to encourage the feeding of suitable animals to higher weights.

Mr. Thornton-Kemsley

Will the Minister look into the fact—because it is a fact—that these calves are fetching very high prices in Scotland and are being sent south across the Border and there slaughtered?

Major Lloyd George

I will.