HC Deb 07 December 1953 vol 521 cc1605-6
25. Mr. A. J. Irvine

asked the Minister of Food whether the figures of meat consumption provided by his Department take into account meat collected weekly from shops by commercial undertakings which place in cold storage meat that has not been purchased by customers.

Major Lloyd George

Yes, Sir.

Mr. Irvine

Can the right hon. and gallant Gentleman say what check it is possible to make upon meat purchased in this way and put into store? If it is not practicable, or is very difficult, to check the meat treated in this way, will not considerable doubts be cast on the value of the figures given purporting to demonstrate the amount of meat purchased week by week for current consumption?

Major Lloyd George

Over a considerable period the amount of meat which goes into the butcher's shop is equal to the amount consumed. I think that the point which the hon. Gentleman has in mind is a relatively small one.

Mr. Willey

Has the right hon. and gallant Gentleman any information about the amount so collected, whether it has increased or decreased?

Major Lloyd George

My information is that it is relatively small.