HC Deb 12 May 1952 vol 500 c851
35. Mr. Frederick Willey

asked the Minister of Food what steps he has taken to supplement our meat supplies from Continental countries.

Dr. Hill

Continental countries are in general net importers of meat. My right hon. and gallant Friend is, of course, always prepared to consider purchasing any meat of suitable quality and condition which becomes available subject to price and currency considerations. But we must continue to rely on the home farmer and on the traditional meat exporting countries for most of our supplies.

Mr. Willey

Would the hon. Gentleman agree that there is some meat available now and that during the Election the Conservative Party said they would allow private enterprise to comb the world for meat? Would it not be a good idea if they did a little combing now in Europe?

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