HC Deb 17 June 1953 vol 516 cc967-8
41. Mrs. Mann

asked the Minister of Food if he is aware that the meat ration is reaching the housewife in fat pork and mutton; and if he can take steps to ensure adequate supplies of beef.

Major Lloyd George

During the last four weeks pork and mutton have, on average, represented only about 28 per cent. of the value of the meat ration. Over that period beef has averaged 30 per cent. and lamb, mainly first quality, 42 per cent. Beef supplies will increase in the next few months with the seasonal rise in home-killed cattle.

Mrs. Mann

Can the right hon. and gallant Gentleman say what percentage of fat is being supplied with pork and mutton? Can he also say why housewives should be charged the price of meat for fat?

Major Lloyd George

An allowance is made for fat. I have answered the Question. The hon. Lady was talking about the meat ration, and saying that the whole ration reaching the housewives was fat pork. In fact, all told only 28 per cent. is mutton and pork.