HC Deb 21 June 1951 vol 489 c704
54. Mr. De la Bèere

asked the Minister of Agriculture what steps the Government propose to take to prevent the exceptional slaughter of heifers and of poultry throughout the country owing to the small meat ration, with special reference to the effect that this must have on future milk production and egg production.

Mr. T. Williams

While there were considerably more heifers slaughtered in April, 1951, than there were in April, 1950, this was a temporary increase only which did not persist during May. I do not consider therefore that any special steps to prevent the slaughter of heifers are needed or that future milk production will be affected to a significant extent. With regard to poultry, I would refer the hon. Member to my answer to his Question on 26th April and to the answer to the Question of the hon. Member for Maldon (Mr. Driberg) on 31st May.

Mr. De la Bère

Is the Minister aware that the answer to my Question was not satisfactory? Is he further aware that the Government are jeopardising the milk supply of the country by allowing these animals to be killed? Something must be done about it.

Mr. Williams

I should be surprised if any answer given to the hon. Member was satisfactory.

Mr. Paget

Is it not desirable that there should be an increased culling of heifers in a great many herds?