HC Deb 28 November 1951 vol 494 c1515
53. Mr. William A. Steward

asked the Minister of Food if he will consult the meat trade with a view to restoring the procurement of our meat supplies through the services of the various meat trade organisations.

Dr. Hill

My right hon. Friend is studying the whole problem and will certainly consult the interests concerned about it.

Mr. Steward

Is the Minister aware that Sir Henry Turner, one of the greatest authorities in the meat trade, expressed the view some three months ago that, given six to nine months notice, the meat trade could produce adequate supplies at prices comparable with those which were being paid at the time?

Dr. Hill

My right hon. Friend is also aware of, and will take into account, the views of the gentleman concerned, as of all other views.

Mr. Michael Stewart

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that optimistic statements of that kind have been much out of fashion during the last month?

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