HC Deb 03 April 1952 vol 498 cc1895-6
47. Mr. R. Bell

asked the Minister of Agriculture if he will reconsider his Department's request made to certain other Departments to effect the termination of their contracts for collection of pigswill by farmers licensed as processors since before 1945.

Mr. Nugent

No, Sir. In the interests of animal health, swill from canteens and messes controlled by Government Departments is, whenever possible, centrally sterilised before being taken on to farms; and the results justify a continuation of this arrangement.

Mr. R. Bell

Instead of concentrating on animal swill, will my hon. Friend concentrate on starlings, and does he realise that great hardship is being caused to individual pig breeders by this recent withdrawal of their basic supplies?

Mr. Nugent

I cannot accept that great hardship is being caused. Where a contract for the collection of swill is cut down, or the swill goes to a central processing plant, arrangements are made for the previous collector to get an equivalent quantity of processed swill.