HC Deb 14 February 1951 vol 484 c402
58. Major Lloyd

asked the Minister of Food what countries other than the Argentine are willing to sell meat to this country at a price which his Department refuses to pay.

Mr. Webb

Uruguay is the only other country which has any substantial quantity of meat for sale abroad and, as I have already told the House, we have offered to continue negotiations with them. In addition, we get offers of small quantities from time to time from various European countries which we consider on their merits.

Colonel Ropner

Should not the right hon. Gentleman also mention Kenya and Tanganyika?

Major Lloyd

Is there nothing from Ireland?

Mr. Thornton-Kemsley

Is not the fact that Uruguay has ganged up with the Argentine just one more example of the failure of the Government's policy of bulk buying?

Mr. Webb

There is another example of the kind of reckless and unhelpful statements to which I have referred.

Mr. Turton

Ought not the right hon. Gentleman to include Eire and Brazil among the other countries?