§ Mr. Webb
One hundred and four thousand, two hundred and sixty pigs were accepted at collecting centres and 47,114 by the Area Pig Allocation Officer. About 146,000 were sent out of Norfolk to bacon factories in Suffolk and the Midlands, which are partly dependent on that county for supplies. About 5,000 pigs were slaughtered in Norfolk for use as fresh pork and for manufacturing purposes. Considerable labour would be needed to work out the shrinkage payments on all these pigs, but I am sending my hon. Friend copies of the scale on which they are calculated.
§ Mr. Dye
Does not my right hon. Friend appreciate that shrinkage of pigs 977 in transit, before they get to the slaughterhouses, is a matter of concern to the producer and that it should be to the Ministry, because of the loss of weight? Would it not be better to make some re-arrangement of the slaughtering facilities in the Eastern Counties?
§ Commander Maitland
Does not this Question, and the last, indicate the importance of having slaughterhouses at places nearer to where the meat is produced, and also illustrate the general shortage of slaughterhouses in the country?